In many ways, the gums are an excellent gauge of the health of the entire body. Multiple studies have shown a definitive connection between gum disease and a heightened risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other serious health conditions. By the same token, healthy gums are a good indicator of a healthy body. This is one of the reasons that Dr. Gerald Regni and Dr. Adil Salik encourage their patients to visit their dentistry practice at least twice a year for thorough oral exams, periodontal screenings, and professional cleanings. The best treatment for gum disease is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Unfortunately, too many people neglect their oral health until they absolutely have to go to the dentist, which is why roughly 75 percent of the population suffers from gum disease to varying degrees. Drs. Regni and Salik do everything they can to help their patients avoid becoming part of this statistical majority by acquainting them with the causes of poor gum health at their Philadelphia, PA dental practice. Between providing patients with the exceptional dental care they need and educating them about how to optimize their oral health between appointments, our experienced dentists set patients up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
If you would like to find out how we can help you achieve and maintain excellent gum health, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Gerald Regni or Dr. Adil Salik today.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Poor Gum Health?
There are many possible causes of poor gum health. In most cases of gum disease, multiple causes can be identified. That is why it is so important to avoid the causes that you have control over, and to visit the dentist regularly to have gum disease diagnosed and treated in its earliest stages if it does occur.
The most common causes of poor gum health include:
- Inadequate oral hygiene: Do you brush and floss at least twice a day and after every meal? Do you rinse with an antimicrobial mouth rinse? Do you visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings? If you answered no to any of these questions, then you are not doing all you need to do to eliminate plaque and tartar from your mouth. These two substances, comprising harmful bacteria, are the leading causes of gum disease.
- Tobacco use: If you use tobacco, you are introducing millions of additional bacteria and other toxins into your mouth on a regular basis.
- Age: Obviously, your age is beyond your control. However, if you are aged 65 or older, it is especially important that you visit the dentist regularly for periodontal screenings.
- Teeth grinding: If you chronically grind your teeth, you are not only damaging your teeth, but also breaking down your periodontal tissues.
- Medications: Certain medications, such as antidepressants, can increase the risk for gum disease.
Learn More about the Causes of Poor Gum Health
To learn more about the causes of poor gum health, please contact our natural general and cosmetic dentistry practice today.