You’ve likely heard of gum disease, an oral infection that focuses on the gums and bone that surround and support your teeth. Did you know that some people are more at risk for gum disease than others? Dr. Rex Bullock and our team are happy to share the risk factors with you.
Risks for Gum Disease
Bacteria and plaque are the main causes of gum disease, but other factors, including the ones below, can heighten your risk for gum disease or make gum disease worse.
Genes – Some people have a family history of gum disease, so their genes make them more at risk. However, even people whose genes put them at risk can prevent or control gum disease with good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.
Misaligned or crowded teeth – It can be difficult to brush and floss your teeth properly if you have crooked or crowded teeth. Because of this, plaque can be missed in the mouth, so periodontal disease is more likely. Having orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth can give you a better chance of preventing gum disease.
Braces or Dental Bridge – It can be hard to brush and floss sufficiently if you are wearing braces of a dental bridge. We can show you how to thread floss and to clean your bridge properly.
Smoking or chewing tobacco use – Using tobacco products increases the risk of gum disease and makes gum disease more severe. The choice to stop smoking is your own.
We invite you to contact us at 951-737-1149 today for more information and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Corona, CA. Our team is more than happy to tell you about more risk factors for gum disease and to advise you about preventive measures.