But, I Brush My Teeth!! The Many Causes of Gum Disease
Posted on 10/25/2022 by Covington Family Dental
When patients swear they practice good oral hygiene, it is difficult to advise them that they have gum disease, an infection of the gums that hold our teeth in place. But, there are many reasons for gum infections since periodontal disease is caused by much more than poor oral hygiene.
Here are some factors that can contribute to an unhealthy mouth.
A family history could make you more susceptible to oral bacterial infection.
Some patients acquire virulent bacteria that are more destructive to gums and bone support for teeth.
Many medications can lead to bleeding issues or enlarged gum tissue. Some medications can result in dry mouth, which lets bacteria spread faster.
Tobacco use in any form put people at two to three times greater risk of getting gum disease.
PREGNANCY AND HORMONAL SHIFTS
Pregnancy and hormonal fluctuations can make gums more prone to gum disease.
Poor nutrition can negatively affect the body’s immune system.
According to the CDC, more than 64 million adults over age 30 in the US have some form of periodontal disease.
POOR BRUSHING TECHNIQUES
Once a day brushing is not enough. Brushing too hard and not brushing long enough are two common norms for patients.
LACK OF FLOSSING
Daily flossing is important because it reaches pockets that brushing or even mouth rinse can’t reach.
OVERALL HEALTH ISSUES
Heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis are three examples of systemic diseases that cause inflammation that can worsen gums conditions. Harmful bacteria can travel from the mouth into the bloodstream and lungs.
As you can see, there's more to it than "just brushing" your teeth. We are here to help you navigate your own oral health experience.