[:en]Did you know that the first thing people notice about you is your smile? A healthy smile can lower stress levels, elevate your mood and make you look more attractive. Even with these overwhelming benefits, nearly 50% of people in the U.S. are diagnosed with gum disease by the age of 30. As your local dentist, Smile Workshop Pinnacle Park understands the causes of gum disease and the top reasons why someone might develop it at an early age.
Poor Oral Hygiene Habits
Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of gum disease is simply that people are not practicing proper oral hygiene techniques on a regular basis. Your local dentist recommends that everyone brushes their teeth twice a day, flosses once a day and visits their friends at Smile Workshop at least twice a year for a regular dental checkup to keep your teeth healthy. When these oral hygiene practices are neglected, harmful bacteria multiply in your mouth and forms a hard layer of plaque on your teeth. Plaque turns into an even harder layer of material called calculus, or tartar, which will eventually cause gum disease.
Stress and Gum Disease
Your body is constantly regulating itself by producing immune cells to protect against harmful bacteria. When your body is under a great deal of stress, the entire ecosystem of your body is thrown off, and bacteria begin to thrive in your mouth. Generally, this causes your gums to become inflamed and start to develop signs of gingivitis. There are two kinds of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is essentially the early stages of the much more serious disease, periodontitis. There are three different types of dental cleanings that can help with this disease, depending on the severity.
The use of any tobacco product dramatically lowers your body’s ability to fight off infection by lowering your immune system. If you already have gum disease, smoking or chewing tobacco will make it much harder for your gums to heal properly and even make it more difficult to treat the disease. Tobacco users are generally twice as likely to develop gum disease, depending on the rate and longevity of tobacco consumption. Avoiding tobacco entirely is always the best option for your smile and overall health.
Preventing gum disease is as simple as taking care of your body, practicing proper oral hygiene skills and lowering everyday stress levels. Gum disease will eventually lead to the loss of one or more teeth and several costly procedures to prevent the disease from spreading any further. Have any more questions regarding gum disease? Give your local dentist at Smile Workshop Pinnacle Park a call or schedule an appointment today!
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