What Causes Gum Disease?
- Posted on: Oct 30 2018
Our mouths are in a constant state of flux. We’re digesting food and fighting off plaque and bacteria that encourage cavities and gum disease. If your habits encourage more work for your mouth, then you can sometimes start to notice that your mouth is losing the fight. If you’re worried about gum disease, keep reading to learn what causes it and how you can change your habits to fight gum disease.
What causes gum disease?
Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease. Plaque sits on the teeth after you eat, and if you don’t brush and floss regularly, it can remain on the teeth for a long time. After a time, the plaque turns into tartar, which is harder and more damaging to the teeth. Gum disease then stems from this tartar, and your gums may start to get inflamed, something we call Gingivitis.
Other factors may contribute to gum disease, such as changes in your hormones. When you go through puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or even menstruation, your gums may be more sensitive. This can lead to gingivitis over a period of time.
Disease or illness that affect your immune system may also encourage a change in your gums that can lead to gum disease. Those who suffer from diabetes may also have a higher risk of developing infections that include gum disease.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Brushing your teeth properly is key to preventing gum disease. Brush gently every morning and night to remove plaque before it becomes tartar. Flossing is also important to remove plaque that is hiding between the teeth. Last, seeing your dentist for regular cleanings will help banish plaque and tartar that you may not have caught by brushing.
Drinking plenty of water may also help keep your gums healthy. Water can help wash away the plaque that is sitting on your teeth, and your mouth can operate properly when it’s hydrated.
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