What Factors Into Your Gum Disease?

Because your smile and the details of your oral health are unique, your specific risk factors for things like gum disease are, as well. For example, some people may be genetically predisposed to have a high risk of gum disease, while others may increase their risks by their own daily habits. At our Newhall, CA, dental office, helping patients manage their unique risks for gum disease and more is an important part of preventive dental care. If you exhibit signs of it, then we recommend scheduling an examination as soon as possible.

The bacteria in your plaque and tartar

While everyone’s risk factors for gum disease are different, the specific causes of gum disease are universal. They’re the harmful bacteria found in common dental plaque and tartar (calcified plaque), some of which accumulate under your gums and release toxins that irritate and inflame them. The most important factor in preventing gum disease for anyone is to control the buildup of oral bacteria by practicing excellent dental hygiene every day, and attending checkups and cleanings on a routine basis. Otherwise, oral bacteria may win, no matter what your other risk factors may be.

The inconsistency of your hygiene routine

Because plaque and tartar are the main causes of gum disease, the consistency and quality of your hygiene routine is paramount to prevention. Oral bacteria form plaque on your teeth every day, and it doesn’t take long for it to harden into tartar. If you skip a day brushing or flossing, then any plaque on your teeth can calcify and become too strong for your toothpaste and water to remove. By the time you have it removed during a routine checkup and cleaning appointment, you may also need periodontal cleaning to address the beginnings of gum disease.

The chemicals in alcohol and tobacco

If your dental hygiene routine and schedule of preventive dental visits are consistent, then you have a good chance of preventing gum disease. However, if you have a habit of consuming too much alcohol or smoking/chewing tobacco, then you may still develop gum disease despite your best efforts. The chemicals in these substances can wreak havoc with your healthy oral tissue cells, making gum disease, oral cancer, and more much likely to develop.

Boost your chances of preventing gum disease

There are many different things that can contribute to your gum disease development. The more you know about them, the better chance you’ll have of protecting your smile. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.