Factors That Contribute to Poor Gum Health
Here at Astoria Dental Group, we believe in comprehensive general dentistry that can improve the health and beauty of a smile. This means taking tooth decay and gum disease seriously, and providing patients with ample information on preventative care.
With this in mind, let's take a moment to consider some factors that can cause poor gum health. First, though, let's consider the dangers of gum recession and gum disease.
Problems Related to Gum Disease and Recession
Both gum disease and gum recession are serious dental health problems that can impact your overall health and wellness.
Gum disease in its later stages can cause the gums to appear severely swollen and inflamed. A person's teeth may become loose and wiggly over time, and teeth may also shift out of place. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and the spread of infection to other structures of the mouth.
Gum recession refers to the loss of tissue along the gumline, which exposes more of the root structure of the teeth. When this happens, the stability of the teeth can be impacted, and the roots may be more susceptible to tooth decay.
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you do not brush your teeth or floss regularly, this can result in a greater likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease. Remember that you should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a night.
Smoking and Tobacco Products
Smoking and the use of tobacco products significantly increase the risk of gum disease and gum recession. Smokers are three to six times more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth grinding is the clenching and gnashing of the teeth that occurs when a person is asleep. This places a great deal of stress on the teeth as well as the gum tissue. Over time, this can result in gum recession.
If you do not eat a healthy or well-balanced diet, this can have a major impact on your overall dental health. Both gum disease and gum recession become more likely, in addition to issues with weakened tooth enamel.
Obesity and Poor General Health
People who are obese or are in poor general health often suffer from diabetes and other conditions that make gum disease and gum recession more likely. This is one reason why dental health is an important component of general wellness.
Use of Certain Medications
Some medications have side effects that can make teeth grinding and other dental wellness issues more likely, potentially contributing to periodontal health issues.
Genetics and Family History
Sometimes people are genetically more likely to experience gum disease and tooth decay. Even if you are otherwise healthy and practice good oral hygiene, you may be more prone to gum disease.
Over time, your teeth and gums will experience a fair amount of wear and tear. This is why the elderly are much more likely to experience tooth decay and gum disease.
Contact Astoria Dental Group
For more information about treating tooth loss and improving your dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry team today. The team at Astoria Dental Group will work closely with you to ensure proper dental health and wellness.