Who is at risk for developing gum disease?
There are several risk factors for gum disease. One reason it is so widespread is that a gum infection can develop and damage your oral health before you even know it exists.
We offer gum disease treatment at our Inman, SC dental office, and these are some of the most common risk factors we see:
- Poor oral hygiene – If you don’t do a good job brushing and flossing, bacteria-filled plaque has a chance to build up along and under the gum line and cause an infection.
- Smoking – One of the most significant risk factors for gum disease is smoking. Not only does smoking increase your risk of gum disease, it also lowers the chance for successful treatment.
- Hormonal changes – These changes make gums more sensitive, which makes it easier for a gum infection to develop.
- Diabetes – If you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing infections, including gum disease.
- Medications - There are hundreds of medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – that inhibit the production of saliva that promotes healthier gums. The result is a dry mouth, which leaves you vulnerable to infections such as gum disease.
- Genetics – Some people are more susceptible to gum disease than others due to genetics.
If you notice signs of gum disease like bleeding gums or loose teeth, call our Inman, SC dental office. We’ll investigate the problem to see if it is gum disease and recommend the appropriate treatment to restore your gums to full health.
In general, the best thing you can do if you’re worried about your risk for developing gum disease is to keep up with your six-month visits for dental exams and cleanings. During these appointments, we’ll ensure that your gums are healthy and provide treatment if we discover any problems.
Please call us at (864) 472-9019 to schedule an appointment.