Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

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Bleeding gums can be an indicator of gum disease in various stages. This is a common but serious problem; advanced gum disease affects over 40 percent of adults over 30 in the United States. Gum disease can lead to loose teeth, bone loss and exposed roots of teeth, as well as a host of other problems.

Some people have a greater risk of getting gum disease than others. If you have these risk factors, you are more likely to encounter gum disease:

Stress: If you experience high levels of stress over long periods of time, this can negatively impact your immune system. This reduces your ability to fight off infection, including gum disease, putting you at greater risk. Stress can also lead to clenching and grinding teeth frequently (a condition known as bruxism) or exacerbate existing problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Bruxism and TMJ disorders make it difficult to take care of your smile and increase your risk for periodontal disease.

Poor Diet: A severe lack of Vitamin C in your diet can lead to bleeding gums and many other symptoms in a disease known as “scurvy.” Eating a balanced whole-food diet loaded with a variety of vitamins and minerals can help your immune system protect your body from many diseases, including gum disease.

Smoking and Tobacco Use: Smoking and other tobacco uses are terrible for your overall health, and together are the leading cause of gum disease among adults in the United States. How often and how long you have smoked or used tobacco are directly and positively correlated with your risk of gum disease. It’s time to quit.

For more information and to schedule an appointment with our doctor, call our office in Lawrenceville, Georgia, at 770.995.9051. Dr. David E. Pearson and our team look forward to seeing you and helping your gums stay healthy!