Risk Factors For Periodontal Disease
Certain generic factors and underlying medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, predispose you to gum disease. Other influencing factors include:
• Clenching or grinding your teeth
• Poor nutrition and obesity
Many Risk Factors Are Avoidable
Neglecting your oral health is the leading cause of gum disease. We recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. When food and bacteria remain on your teeth, they form plaque, which then hardens into tartar. Unlike sticky plaque, tartar cannot be removed from the teeth by brushing alone. This petrified substance causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming small pockets that invite infection.
Lifestyle factors can increase your risk of gum disease, as well. For example, smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or using pipes will irritate the tissues in your mouth and gums, causing them to become dried out. As a result, your gums will be more vulnerable to infections and disease. This holds true even if you quit smoking after many years.
At Smile Esthetics Scottdale, we care about your periodontal health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail.
To learn more and to schedule your professional consultation, contact Smile Esthetics Scottdale at (480) 867-1727.