Periodontal Disease Risk Factors

Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth
  • Pus between teeth and gums
  • Loose or separating permanent teeth
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit

NOTE: It is possible to have Periodontal disease with no warning signs at all. Regular check-ups are a must.

Risk Factor for Periodontal Disease:

  • Tobacco use (both smoking and smokeless tobacco)
  • Ill-fitting bridges, crowns, and fillings
  • Teeth not contacting correctly when biting (malocclusion)
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Poor diet
  • Pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives
  • Systemic diseases such as diabetes or AIDS
  • Medications (steroids, anti-epilepsy, cancer therapy, blood pressure medications, oral contraceptives)

Periodontal Maintenance

Avoiding or managing periodontal disease requires a great patient, dental hygienist, and dentist teamwork. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more severe or recurring. Following a period of active therapy, our office will need to see you at regular intervals. You don’t have to lose your teeth to Bone Disease. With teamwork, excellent home care, balanced diet, and regular check-ups you can enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime.

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