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How to Prevent Gum Problems

Did you know that adults past the age of 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases than from oral health issues? Gum pain and gum inflammation can be the first signs of serious gum problems that can result in tooth loss and decay.

Using a daily oral hygiene regimen with brushing and flossing and regular professional exams and cleanings can help prevent gum disease.

Unfortunately, even if you are diligent about taking care of your teeth, you might still develop some type of gum disease. There are multiple factors that can put you at risk for periodontal disease including:

  • Tobacco Usage
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Clenching and grinding teeth
  • Medication
  • Poor nutrition

The Facts About Periodontal Disease and Tobacco

You are probably familiar with the links between tobacco use and lung disease, cancer and heart disease. But tobacco users also have a higher rate of gum disease.

Tobacco can irritate the gums and cause gum pain. It also contributes to a higher incidence of calculus formation on the teeth, deeper pockets between the gums and the teeth and a greater loss of bone and fibers that hold teeth in the mouth. In short, you’re more likely to suffer oral health problems and need gum surgery.

If you care about your health, quit tobacco.

Diabetes and Gum Pain

If you’re a diabetic, it’s important to know how gum disease directly affects your health.

Diabetes brings a number of different health challenges, including problems with the mouth and gums. Diabetics have a higher risk of developing bacterial infections in the mouth, which can affect their ability to control diabetes.

Gum pain and gum inflammation can advance to become periodontal disease. For a diabetic, this can make treatment more complex. Dr. Schaefer and his team are here to help provide preventative steps.

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