- November 21, 2014
Gum disease is characterized by an infection of the gingival tissues and bones that hold your teeth in place. The connective tissues beneath the gum line become inflamed and begin to deteriorate, increasing the risk for tooth loss and a whole host of seemingly unrelated complications. Fortunately, there are ways to substantially decrease your risk of developing this common condition, and Dr. David DiGiallorenzo can help. As an established, experienced periodontist in Collegeville, PA and Williamsport, PA, Dr. DiGiallorenzo offers a comprehensive range of periodontal health solutions.
Gum Disease Prevention at LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania
A variety of factors come into play in the development of periodontal disease and its associated complications. While some are impossible to avoid – such as genetic factors – there are ways that you can reduce your chances of suffering from this severe oral health condition. The following are among the most common risk factors for periodontal disease.
- Excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol is an irritant to many tissues in the body, and gum tissue is no different. Alcohol abuse can lead to extreme gum recession and inflammation.
- Smoking. Like alcohol, tobacco smoke is irritating to the gums. If you would like to quit smoking, talk with Dr. DiGiallorenzo about ways to make the process easier and more effective.
- Hormones. Girls who are going through puberty and women who are pregnant or experiencing menopause may be at a higher risk for developing gum disease due to hormonal changes.
- Diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are at an increased risk for infection. This includes the infection of the gums commonly known as gum disease.
- Certain medications. Medications that cause dry mouth have been associated with the development of periodontal infection due to lack of sufficient saliva.
It is estimated that over half of American adults suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease. Many aren’t even aware that they are affected; this, unfortunately, leads to a failure to seek treatment. The disease continues to weaken the internal and external structures of the gums, putting the teeth and tissues throughout the body at risk.
Gum Disease Treatment in Collegeville & Williamsport
Despite our best efforts to maintain optimal periodontal health, the risk factors we’ve mentioned here may still result in the development of an infection within the gingival tissue. If you suspect that you may be suffering from periodontal disease or if you’d simply like to learn more about your risks, we invite you to contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. David DiGiallorenzo. We can help you manage gum disease in a way that decreases your risk for additional complications, including heart disease, dementia, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Our two conveniently located offices in Williamsport and Collegeville proudly serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas of Sunbury, Pottstown, Bloomberg, Lock Haven, and more. We look forward to helping you prevent and manage complications associated with periodontal disease.