Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States? Luckily, gum disease is highly preventable with diligent care and maintenance, and although it isn’t curable once it develops, gum disease can be effectively controlled to prevent extensive damage. Today, we explain how to prevent gum disease, as well as a couple of risk factors that increase your chances of developing it.
Risks of Gum Disease
Smoking/chewing tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption can disturb the proper function of your mouth’s soft tissue cells, including their ability to ward off infection. They can also inhibit the supply of oxygenated blood, hindering your mouth tissues’ ability to heal if threatened by infection.
Malocclusion, or misaligned teeth, is more than a cosmetic issue. On one hand, straight teeth afford your bite better balance, allowing your mouth to function properly. On the other, crooked teeth can make proper dental hygiene difficult. The odd spaces and angles of crooked teeth provide dental plaque additional places to hide, often in spots where your toothbrush and floss can’t reach.
Though dental health is largely the result of your direct influence, some patients may be genetically predisposed for a higher risk of gum disease. Some illnesses can also exacerbate your risk. For instance, a weakened immune system can make it difficult for your body to control the bacteria and inflammation that lead to gum disease.
Before Gum Disease Develops
Though it may seem overly simple, the truth is that brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, every day, is one of the most important steps to preventing gum disease. Like tooth decay, gum disease develops from the excessive buildup of dental plaque. The sticky film is produced by masses of oral bacteria, some of which irritate and inflame your gum tissue in preparation for gum disease. Along with six-month dental checkups and cleanings, an effective hygiene routine can significantly increase your chances of successful gum disease prevention.
ABOUT YOUR LONGVIEW DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Longview, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Longview, TX office today at (903) 215-8223. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our various other locations in Tyler, Garland, and Arlington, TX, as well as Bossier City, LA.