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Periodontists: What are the Most Common Causes of Gum Disease?
Gum disease can be one of the most painful and threatening oral health problems that a person experiences. Because they can often go unnoticed, it’s hard for a person to know what’s causing it. However, with the help of a periodontist, a person can figure out what might be causing their gum disease.
In this article, we will discuss what the most common causes of gum disease are - straight from a periodontist. Being aware of these causes can help someone who is trying to avoid gum disease or someone who can’t figure out why they have it.
The most common causes of gum disease
Periodontists are dental specialists that are trained in the supporting structures of the teeth, and the gums just so happen to be one of the main structures. These dental specialists also focus on diseases and conditions that may affect the supporting structures.
Poor oral hygiene
Most people do their best to maintain good oral hygiene, but what they may not be realizing is that their gums are lacking attention. When the gums go uncared for, for so long, they are likely to be affected by bacteria.
Bacteria may build up on the gum lines which can cause them to attack the gums itself. When a person doesn’t brush along the gum lines, the bacteria will continue eating away, thus causing a disease to form. The built-up plaque and tartar will inevitably destroy the gums. Talking with a periodontist about ways to practice good oral hygiene can help avoid disease from forming.
Smoking and tobacco usage
While most people are aware of how bad tobacco and nicotine are for you, what they may not understand is just how bad. These products interfere with the health of the gums by introducing unhealthy toxins to the mouth that latch on to the gums. Eventually, the harmful toxins will eat away at the gums causing infections to form which will likely lead to disease.
Just like with any other part of the body, the gums too can be affected when a person isn’t receiving the nutrients needed for a healthy body. A lack of certain vitamins often causes the gums to be more prone to disease. If they aren’t receiving enough Vitamin C and water each day, they are likely to become weak making them susceptible to bacterial infections.
Even though crooked teeth can put a dent in one’s overall appearance, they can also be a cause of gum disease. Periodontists often find that people with crooked teeth have some type of gum disease present.
When the teeth overlap or overcrowd within the mouth, there may be smaller or larger spaces in between or around teeth that are great spots for bacteria to thrive. People with crooked teeth have a more difficult time flossing and brushing in those areas which can lead to bacteria forming and then eventually, eating away at the gums.
The causes of gum disease vary for each person but ultimately, it’s important to care for the gums each day as you do your teeth. Proper cleaning, a healthy diet and regular visits to a periodontist will help with the prevention of gum disease.
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