Gum disease is a growing dental epidemic that affects not only the health and stability of your smile but the wellness of your entire body.
DID YOU KNOW? According to the Center for Disease Control over HALF of the American adults have gum disease.
If your gums bleed regularly they be a warning sign. Often referred to as the “silent disease”, some patients may go a lifetime without knowing they have a bacterial infection in their oral cavity.
DID YOU KNOW? Gum disease has proven to be linked to an increased risk of the development of serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, Altzheimers, and strokes.
Florence, SC dentist Dr. David Sang encourages patients to take a proactive over reactive approach when dealing with gum disease. Good at home oral hygiene and routine dental health exams can help control the spread of disease-causing bacteria. Patients should visit our dentist office at least two times a year for an oral health screening and teeth cleaning.
What causes gum disease?
There are several factors that could contribute to the development and spread of gum disease. Poor oral health, high rates of tooth decay and avoiding dental health exams are only a few contributing factors to the development of periodontal disease.
- Genetics: Genetics could play a role in developing gum disease. Some people are more prone to developing the bacterial infection from the get go. There are other factors that may increase your chance of developing periodontal disease. If any of these risk factors apply to you, be sure to let Dr. Sousa know.
- Smoking Or Any Tobacco Product: Smoking can lead to a whole spectrum of health concerns. The use of any tobacco product can greatly increase your chances of developing gum disease.
- Compromised Immune System: Stress, poor nutrition, or chronic illness such as diabetes can lower your immunes system ability to fight off the bacteria that causes gum disease. Patients with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to developing gum disease.
- Hormonal Changes: Many women will develop gum disease during pregnancy. Large shifts in hormones can increase your risk of developing the disease. Being proactive about dental cleanings and brushing and flossing can help keep gingivitis in check during pregnancy. Woman with advanced gum disease have been shown to have babies lower birth rates.
- Medication: Certain medications can make your mouth more vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. Be sure to let Dr. Sousa know if you are taking any medications.
Schedule An Appointment
If your gums are bleeding, or you are experiencing tenderness, sensitivity or puffiness, be sure to visit our Florence, SC dentist office. Our professional, compassionate and experienced dental care team can help find the root of your concern and help to restore your smile so you may enjoy your optimal oral health.