If your gums bleed regularly, it may be a sign you have gum disease. Nearly 75% of Americans will experience some degree of gum disease during their lives. Often referred to as the silent disease, some patients may go a lifetime without knowing they have it. But in the bigger picture, gum disease, diagnosed or not, has proven to be linked to the development of serious health problems. Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner recommends regular preventative dental care for the prevention of gum disease.
Gum Disease Risk Factors
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. Trinkner know.
- Smoking Or Any Tobacco Product: Smoking can lead to a whole spectrum of health concerns. The use of any tobacco product can greatly increase your chances of developing 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 susceptible to developing gum disease.
- Hormonal Changes: 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.
- Medication: Certain medications can make your mouth more vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. Be sure to let Dr. Trinkner know if you are taking any medications.
Schedule An Appointment
If your gums are bleeding, or you are experiencing tenderness, sensitivity or puffiness, be sure to visit our Columbia dentist office. Our professional, compassionate and experienced dental care team can help find the root of your concern and help to restore your smile so you may enjoy your optimal oral health.