It’s Easy To Ignore…
The symptoms of Gum Disease (a.k.a. Periodontal Disease) are easy to ignore because their progression occurs slowly over time, taking our health away from us a little bit at a time. As this process happens, we continue to promise ourselves that one day we will address our dental health. Sometimes other activities and events in our lives seem to take priority which leads to a very important question.
Am I a Candidate for Gum Disease?
Below are a list of Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease from the ADA (American Dental Association). We strongly suggest that you contact us after reviewing these items in comparison with your current dental health.
- Age – 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis.
- Tobacco Use – Tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease
- Genetics – Research has indicated that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.
- Stress – Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.
- Medication – Some drugs, such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines can affect your oral health.
- Clenching/Grinding Teeth – Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could speed up the rate at which these periodontal tissues are destroyed.
- Systemic Diseases – Other systemic diseases that interfere with the body’s inflammatory system may worsen the condition of the gums.
- Poor Nutrition – Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums.
- Obesity – Research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of periodontal disease.
If it is time for you to take charge of your dental health, please call us at 847-685-6686.