Are you the type of person who makes New Year’s resolutions? And do they have anything to do with taking better care of your teeth? Even if you don’t make resolutions, deciding to improve your dental health is a noble goal. One of the most common (and preventable) dental issues facing people currently is gum disease. Gum disease is the broad term that describes when the tissue that holds your teeth (your gums) becomes infected and inflamed. Gum disease can begin as gingivitis and progress in seriousness to periodontal disease. There are several different common causes of gum disease, and knowing what you’re doing to cause it is the first step to correcting the behavior.
Poor Oral Hygiene
The number one way to prevent gum disease is with good oral hygiene routines, so poor habits in this arena is also the number one cause. Plaque that is allowed to build up on teeth and is not brushed away can lead to many dental issues, including tooth sensitivity, cavities and gum disease. Brushing twice a day, every single day is the best thing you can do for your teeth. Regularly flossing and getting to your routine check-ups and cleanings at your dentist are also very important.
The bacteria that live in plaque release toxins that cause gum inflammation, and eventually can lead to infection. Having a solid diet that supplies the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to be healthy can help fight off this and help prevent gum disease. Consuming a balanced diet full of healthy veggies that supplies the nutrients that you need and getting enough daily water are both important for gum health.
Using tobacco products, including smoking or chewing, can lead to many dental issues. Tobacco use directly impacts the teeth, but it also restricts blood flow to the mouth and hinders the body’s immune system. Quitting tobacco is an important step towards improved oral health.
Genetics Or Medical Conditions
Sometimes gum disease is not only about the things that you do (or don’t do). If you have certain medical conditions or take certain medications, it can increase your likelihood of gum disease. You might also be genetically more likely to suffer from gum disease. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change your habits – in fact, if you’re genetically more likely to have gum disease, it is even more important to practice good oral health habits.
Finally, hormonal changes can also lead to gum disease. This means that going through puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or other periods of hormonal fluctuation can make you more susceptible to gum disease by making your gums more sensitive to inflammation.
Catonsville Dental Care Can Handle All of Your Oral Care Needs
Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.