Many Factors Contribute to Periodontal Disease
Plaque left on teeth and gums marks the beginning of periodontal disease. Other than poor oral hygiene, several factors increase your chance of developing periodontal disease. They include:
• Tobacco users – Those who smoke or chew have a greater chance of plaque and tartar forming on their teeth.
• Defective appliances – Bad fillings and bridges that don’t fit properly may trap plaque and bacteria.
• Hormonal changes – These can be caused by pregnancy, oral contraceptives and puberty.
• Medications – Some medications reduce saliva, causing the mouth to become dry and allowing plaque to stick to your teeth and gums.
• Diseases – Diseases such as blood cell disorders and diabetes can affect the gums and increase the likelihood of developing periodontal disease.
• Genetics – Patients with family members who have lost teeth should pay close attention to their own gums.
Recognizing Periodontal Disease
Here are some indications that you may have periodontal disease:
• Added space between teeth or loose teeth
• Receding gums
• Pus around your gums
• Tenderness or discomfort
• Red and puffy gums
• Bleeding gums
• Persistent bad breath
If you want to improve your chances of never developing periodontal disease, be sure to contact Dr. Mari for your next regular check-up and cleaning.