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Main Causes of Gum Disease

Posted on 7/18/2022 by Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates
Main Causes of Gum DiseaseThere are many causes of gum disease. As a matter of fact, the known causes of this condition are just but part of the many possible causes. Thankfully, this is a condition that is avoidable. With proper dental hygiene and care, you should not have to worry so much about gum disease. Below are the three key causes of gum disease.

Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. This refers to a thin, slippery film that forms on your teeth due to dirt build-up. If the film is not cleaned, it hardens and can lead to infection, cavities, and gum disease. This is one of the main reasons why you should get your teeth checked by an expert at least once every year.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes can affect your body in many ways. One of those ways is through the wasting of gums. Hormonal changes usually happen during pregnancies, puberty, menopause, and monthly periods. If you are experiencing loose teeth or reseeding gums during pregnancy or monthly period, do not worry so much. However, make sure you see your dentist for further guidance.

Poor Dental Hygiene

The main cause of gum disease is poor hygiene. When you do not brush your teeth regularly, plaque builds up giving bacteria room to thrive. It is such bacterial infections that affect your overall dental health by introducing conditions such as gum disease. To avoid this condition, make sure you keep your mouth clean at all times.

Straining Your Teeth

Straining your gums can make them more sensitive and vulnerable. While it is okay to chew tough foods, do not use your teeth to do hard tasks such as opening soda caps. Further, avoid chewing for long hours. If you put too much strain on your gums, they will eventually become too weak and attract diseases.
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