What Are the Causes of Gum Disease?

What Are the Causes of Gum Disease?

Posted by DR. KNAYSI on Sep 14 2022, 05:17 AM

What Are the Causes of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection that impacts the gum tissue. The infection is caused by plaque, a sticky substance that forms in the mouth. The bacteria in the plaque cause an infection in the gums. If left untreated, the gum disease will progress, causing further damage to the teeth and gums.

Certain factors can contribute to your risk of developing gum disease. These include:

Inadequate Oral Hygiene

Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that builds up on teeth, can cause decay and gum disease if it is not removed. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth properly, bacteria can build up, causing inflammation. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums. Bleeding and redness of the gums are symptoms of gingivitis. Over time, gingivitis can lead to gum disease, causing your gums to pull away from your teeth, which can lead to tooth loss and infections.

Other Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions can cause or contribute to gum disease. Some conditions include diabetes, cancer, and HIV.

For example, diabetes can make it harder for your body to fight infection. When your body is less able to fight infections, gum disease can become a problem.

Tobacco Products and Other Toxins

There are many factors that can lead to the development of gum disease. Some patients are more prone to gum disease due to genetics, while others may suffer from gum disease due to certain lifestyle habits. 

Tobacco products can lead to the development of gum disease. The toxins found in tobacco and tobacco products can irritate the soft tissues in the mouth and damage the gum tissue. This can lead to the development of gum disease. The best way to avoid the development of gum disease due to tobacco products is to quit. However, quitting tobacco can be a difficult process. For patients that are trying to quit, it’s wise to speak with their dentist about different treatments that are available.

Hormonal Changes in Women

Hormonal changes, such as during pregnancy, menopause, or menstruation, cause the body to produce more plaque than normal. This additional plaque increases the risk of gum disease.

Pregnant women are more likely to experience gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease. Gingivitis causes red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Gingivitis is often a precursor to gum disease.

Bruxism

Bruxism is a dental problem where your jaw muscles become overworked and fatigued. This can cause your jaw to routinely clench when you’re sleeping, leading to grinding, tooth wear, and other problems. It is a common cause of gum recession, as it can cause your gum line to recede from your teeth.

If you suspect you may be suffering from bruxism, ask your dentist for treatment options. These include wearing a mouth guard while you sleep to reduce the effects of clenching and grinding.

Dr. Fred Knaysi offers gum disease treatments to help his patients restore their smiles. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Knaysi by calling on (804) 282-6005 or (804) 737-1182. You can visit our offices located at 8921 Three Chopt Rd #304, Henrico, VA 23229, or 1001 W Nine Mile Rd, Henrico, VA 23075. 

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