Gum disease can give you bad breath, and it can also cost you your teeth, and cause problems with your jaws. But did you know that if your gum disease is not treated, you could be at risk for respiratory problems, heart disease, heart attack or a stroke, premature birth, dementia, and complications with diabetes?
There are multiple causes of gum disease. Changes in your hormones due to menopause, puberty, pregnancy can contribute to gum disease, as can stress. Tobacco use of any kind puts you at a higher risk for gum disease and for that matter, cancer. If your teeth are not properly aligned, you will not be able to clean them properly allowing plaque and tartar to accumulate. Certain medications can cause dry mouth which can lead to gum disease. Diseases such as diabetes, HIV and rheumatoid arthritis can be contributing factors to gum disease, and poor nutrition can lead to a weakened immune system. Of course, the biggest cause of gum disease is the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth.
To prevent gum disease, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time using a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. You should also see your dentist two times a year for your cleanings and exams. Your dentist can remove the plaque and tartar that you may have missed while brushing, and check for gum disease. You can quit using tobacco, make changes in your diet, and talk with your dentist about your medical history and medications.
If you have concerns about the health of your gums, or if it is just time for your routine dental appointment, then it is time for you to plan a visit with our dentist, Dr. Kamy Noruzi. If you live in the Geneva, Illinois, area, you can call 630-232-7400 to schedule an appointment at Fox River Periodontics, PC.