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Risk Factors for Gum Diseases


Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Photo of gum disease which can be treated at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona in Phoenix, AZHave you ever wondered what factors could be impacting the overall health of your gums? Here, we will discuss the various risk factors associated with gum health.

Age


As time passes, our gums undergo changes. They might not bounce back as swiftly as they used to, becoming more delicate. The cumulative effects of wear and tear make them more susceptible to gum disease.

Genetics


If your family has a history of gum issues, you must be vigilant to maintain exceptional oral health care. But fear not, as knowledge is your best defense.

Stress


Life is stressful. But did you know stress could be a silent partner in gum disease? Stress has a heavy impact on your immune system, making your gums more vulnerable to infection. Try to live stress-free by avoiding stress triggers and managing your emotions.

Medications


Medications that cause dry mouth can be a bit of a sneak attack on gum health. Saliva is a natural defender. When there is a short supply of saliva due to certain meds, it opens the door for bacteria to enter our mouths. Age can impact here as well because as we age, we produce less saliva.

Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth


You have probably found yourself clenching or grinding your teeth at least once in your life. Perhaps you have made it a habit when you are under a lot of stress. This habit not only destroys your teeth but also impacts your gums. If it keeps on recurring, particularly during the night, you should consider wearing a mouthguard while sleeping.

Other Systemic Diseases


Like the domino effect, other health issues like diabetes or heart disease can exacerbate or cause gum problems. Unhealthy gums can also point to other problems, signaling something might be up elsewhere.

Conclusion


Knowing these risk factors brings awareness to what impacts your gum health. If any of these risk factors hit close to home, a chat with our friendly dentist might be in order. After all, a little prevention goes a long way in keeping those gums happy and healthy.


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