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7 Causes Of Gum Disease

  • December 12, 2016

Many patients have turned to Dr. DiGiallorenzo and the dental professional team at the LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania for their gum disease treatment. Dr. DiGiallorenzo is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal issues. We have two locations Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA. Like our name might suggest, we specialize in LANAP gum disease treatment. LANAP treatment uses a special laser that can correct your diseased tissue without affecting the healthy tissue of your gums.

Now that you know how to treat your gum disease, let’s take a few steps back and discuss common causes of gum disease. If you have questions not answered here or are ready to make an appointment, call us at our Collegeville, PA office at 610-228-4366 or our Williamsport, PA office at 570-505-6908.

 

7 Causes Of Gum Disease

Gum disease happens when your body tries to fight off the bacteria that coats your teeth between brushings. This bacteria becomes plaque, which hardens into tartar that can only be removed by a dental professional. The tartar irritates your gums can cause symptoms like:

  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Bleeding
  • Sensitivity
  • Bad breath

One of the most worrisome symptoms of gum disease is gum recession. Receding gums expose your teeth to infection and make them sensitive. We can treat your gum recession with a gum graft that will help your body grow new gum tissue to protect your teeth.

  1. Smoking

The toxins in cigarettes are particularly harmful for the sensitive tissue of your gums. Smoking more than doubles your risk for gum disease! It also makes it harder for your gums to heal and any treatment you seek out will be less effective. Having trouble quitting? Talk to us about our smoking cessation program. The longer you smoke, the greater your risk of gum disease will be. Stop now. We can help.

  1. Not Flossing

Flossing is a simple, inexpensive way to prevent gum disease. Yet, more than half of us choose not to. When you floss, you’re removing the bits of food and plaque that build up between your teeth and beneath your gumline. Otherwise, your gums can enter a constant state of irritation. Floss at least once a day. Day or night – your choice.

  1. Not Brushing Twice A Day

The bacteria in your mouth naturally swarms your teeth and creates a plaque layer. Every time you brush, you destroy this layer and help keep the plaque from becoming tartar. This is why dentists suggest you brush your teeth at least twice a day. And brushing before bed is particularly important because bacteria can go into overdrive while you sleep. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three months.

  1. Not Seeing Your Dentist Regularly

Seeing your dentist regularly means getting a professional teeth cleaning that can remove tartar and an exam that can reveal any impending health issues. Gum disease can creep up slow, so sometimes by the time you’re in great discomfort it’s already become severe. Think you have gum diseases? Schedule a consultation at LANAP & Implant. Dr. DiGiallorenzo will be able to tell whether or not you have gum disease and create a treatment plan for you if you do.

  1. Genes

Blame Mom and Dad. Bad genes can be the cause of your gum disease. If it runs in the family, you’re at a higher risk of getting it. Which makes it even more important that you stay vigilant about your oral health. Gum disease is avoidable if you take the appropriate precautions. And if you do get gum disease, then we’re here to treat you for it.

  1. Fluctuating Hormones

Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can put you at risk for gum disease. Your mouth is sensitive to hormonal changes. This sensitivity not only increases your risk, it can also make your gum disease more severe. If you’re experiencing changing hormones, you should discuss it with your dentist, so he can keep a close eye on your gums during this period in your life.

  1. Stress

When you’re stressed, your immune system becomes compromised. Without your immune system to keep bad bacteria in check, your gum disease can flourish. To reduce stress, there are life changes you can make, and you can visit our Wellness Center, which offers several stress-relieving treatments like massage and other homeopathic care. Our Wellness Center is conveniently located just outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Don’t let gum disease rob you of your smile. Treat your gum disease and keep your teeth. To schedule your appointment, call us at our Collegeville, PA office at 610-228-4366 or our Williamsport, PA office at 570-505-6908.