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What are the risk factors of periodontitis?

Posted on 11/8/2021 by Water's Edge Dental
What are the risk factors of periodontitis?Gum disease is one of the most common illnesses, defined by the loss of soft tissue and dental bone structure due to an inflammatory host response caused by periodontium bacterial infection. Severe gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss, affects 3–30% of older individuals globally. Children take several forms, including aggressive periodontitis, chronic periodontitis, as symptoms of systemic illnesses.

Stress: Stress impairs your capacity to fight illness. This immune system damage raises your chance of gum disease. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction can also be caused by stress. Both of these diseases aggravate any existing gum disease and increase the likelihood of periodontal pockets forming.

Genetics: Several people are more prone to gum disease than others. However, this does not mean that gum disease is unavoidable. You may substantially minimize your risk of gum disease by practicing proper dental hygiene and seeing the dentist twice a year.

Tobacco Use and Smoking: Tobacco and other smoking substances are incredibly harmful to your general health and your dental health. They, in particular, put you at risk for periodontal disease. The frequency and duration of smoking are closely connected to your risk of gingivitis and severe gum disease.

Drug-induced disorders: Some medicines have a substantial impact on salivary flow. Antihypertensive, narcotic analgesics, certain tranquillizers and sedatives, antihistamines, and antimetabolites are examples. Other medications, particularly those in a liquid or chewable form that have additional sugar, change the pH and makeup of plaque, allowing it to cling to tooth surfaces more effectively.

How do you prevent periodontitis?

Make sure you brush your teeth. Cleaning your teeth after eating helps eliminate food particles and plaque that has been lodged beneath your gums. Don't forget to include your tongue, which is a popular place for microorganisms to reside.

Your teeth are unique. They are responsible for your distinct grin; they aid in communication, and, of course, they help in the consumption of delectable meals. Because you only acquire your adult teeth once in a lifetime, it's a good idea to keep the ones you have.

For more information about the risk factors of periodontitis or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today.

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