At some point in our lives, the chances of us developing some type of gum disease is pretty high. While we are doing well at keeping up with our daily dental hygiene routine, there is still a chance gum disease can develop, including:
- Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation, make gums more sensitive, which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop.
- Diseases such as cancer or HIV, because they interfere with the immune system. Diabetes’ effects on the body’s ability to use blood sugar makes patients at a higher risk of developing infections, including dental ones.
- Medications can disrupt the flow of saliva, which helps to cleanse our teeth and gums naturally.
- Bad habits such as smoking make it harder for gum tissue to repair itself.
- Family history of dental disease can be a contributing factor for the development of gingivitis.
The problem is, gum disease may progress without producing obvious signs, making it even more important to keep all of your dental appointments. Gum disease may affect only certain teeth, such as the molars. Only a dentist or a periodontist can recognize and determine the progression of gum disease. Here are common warning signs:
- Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Receding gums
- Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Changes in the way teeth fit together upon biting down, or in the fit of partial dentures.
For further information regarding gum disease, call Dr. Leo J. Kituskie, DMD for an appointment today at (302) 994-4900. Visit our website to learn more at implantperiocare.com.
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