Gum disease is one of the most common dental concerns amongst patients. If left untreated, gum disease can cause issues that may compromise the function and health of your teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure.
FACT: Gum disease has proven to be linked to an increased risk of the development of serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and strokes.
Silver Spring dentists Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy encourage patients to take a proactive approach when dealing with gum disease. Good at home oral hygiene and routine dental health exams can help control the spread of disease-causing bacteria. Patients should visit our Silver Spring dentist office at least twice a year for oral health screening and teeth cleaning.
FACT: According to the Center for Disease Control over half of the American adults have gum disease.
If you experience bleeding gums on a consistent basis, you may want to visit the dentist for a gum disease screening. Often referred to as the “silent disease”, some patients may go a lifetime without knowing they have a bacterial infection in their oral cavity.
WHAT CAUSES GUM DISEASE?
There are several factors that could contribute to the development and spread of gum disease. Poor oral health, high rates of tooth decay and avoiding preventive care exams are only a few contributing factors to the development of periodontal disease.
- Genetics: Genetics could play a role in developing gum disease. Some people are more prone to developing the bacterial infection from the get-go. There are other factors that may increase your chance of developing periodontal disease. If any of these risk factors apply to you, be sure to let Dr. Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy know.
- Changes In Hormones: Many women will develop gum disease during pregnancy. Large shifts in hormones can increase your risk of developing the disease. Being proactive about dental cleanings and brushing and flossing can help keep gingivitis in check during pregnancy. Woman with advanced gum disease has been shown to have babies lower birth rates.
- Smoking Or Any Tobacco Product: Smoking and tobacco use can negatively impact your oral and overall health. Smoking and tobacco use can contribute to the development of gum disease.
- Compromised Immune System: Stress, poor nutrition, or chronic illness such as diabetes can lower your immunes system ability to fight off the bacteria that causes gum disease. Patients with compromised immune systems are more prone to developing gum disease.
- Medication: Certain types of medications can make your mouth more vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. Be sure to let Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy know if you are taking any medication
Schedule A Gum Disease Screening
If you have not visited the dentist office recently, visit Dechter and Moy Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD. To schedule an appointment, call (301) 508-9755 or request an appointment online.