Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common condition affecting many Americans. In fact, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, more than 75% of Americans suffer from early to advanced stages of periodontal disease. If left untreated, advanced periodontal disease can lead to severe damage to your gum tissues and eventual tooth loss. Some unhealthy habits that can increase your risk of gum disease include:
Not Brushing Your Teeth
A poor oral hygiene routine can quickly lead to the development of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day as well as floss at least once per day. Failure to do so can lead to the buildup of plaque, which is the main cause of gum disease.
Skipping Regular Dental Cleanings
Many people skip their bi-annual appointments with their dentists. This could be for a number of reasons, including dental anxiety or even just a busy schedule. However, regular cleanings are crucial for optimal oral health. In addition, if your teeth and gums are at risk, your dentist will be able to prescribe an at-home oral hygiene regimen or other dental treatments to treat gum disease at its earliest stages.
Smoking or Tobacco Use
Nicotine and tobacco smoke cause the small blood vessels in your gums to constrict, reducing the oxygen and nutrients available to your once healthy gum tissue. This can damage healthy gums, eventually leading to gum disease and other oral issues.
Good oral hygiene, from proper brushing to daily flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help prevent gum disease and ensure good oral health. Contact Colorado Advanced Dentistry in Lakewood for more information on gum disease prevention and new treatments for gum disease, like LANAP, or laser gum therapy. Call us at (720) 420-1103 to schedule your appointment today!