Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums. If left untreated, gum disease may lead to bone, tissue, and tooth loss. Taking preventive action and scheduling a regular visit to the dentist may help you avoid gum disease.
At Perkins Dentistry, Dr. Carter Perkins offers a complete range of general, preventive, and periodontal therapy services to address various stage of gum disease. If you suspect you may have developed gum disease, or you have not visited the dentist in a while, visit Perkins Dentistry in Dunnellon, FL.
In this post, we will discuss some risk factors for gum disease. Knowing your risk can help you make more informed decisions in regards to your oral health.
Risk Factors For Gum Disease
- Smoking-Smoking and tobacco use have been linked to serious health concerns like oral cancer, lung cancer, heart disease, and other complex health issues. Studies have suggested that smokers have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. Smoking may actually cause periodontal disease to progress faster.
- Age- Studies have suggested that patients over the age of 65 are more likely to develop periodontal disease.
- Poor Nutrition- Your teeth and gums need proper nutrients and vitamins to remain healthily. Eating a healthy diet can help improve your oral and overall health.
- Medication- Certain medication can affect your oral health. Certain medication may cause issues like dry mouth. Dry mouth may increase your chance of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis.
- Tooth Grinding: Tooth grinding or clenching can put extra stress on your teeth and gums. Teeth grinding can contribute to the progression rate of periodontal disease.
Schedule An Appointment
Dr. Perkins performs routine screenings for complex dental problems at our Dunnellon dental office. If you need to schedule a routine dental exam, call us at (352) 440-5827 or request an appointment online.