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Surprising Causes of Periodontitis

Posted by AESTHETIC DENTISTRY on Jun 28 2021, 05:59 AM

Surprising Causes of Periodontitis

Meta: Did you know that periodontal disease has many causes that may not have to do with brushing and flossing habits?

Periodontal disease is a serious oral health condition that affects millions of American adults each year. It’s not only painful and can be unsightly, but it can also cause many more problems throughout the body, including diabetes, heart disease, and it can even contribute to some cases of Alzheimer’s disease!  That’s why staying on top of your oral health is imperative.  But did you know that some cases of periodontal disease aren’t caused by poor oral health?  Here are just a few causes of periodontal disease you may not have realized were possible.

Pregnancy

Due to fluctuating pregnancy hormones, oral health problems like bleeding gums, gum sensitivity, gingivitis, and even periodontitis can occur during pregnancy.  While pregnancy-related periodontal disease can clear up postpartum, it can sometimes stick around, not to mention cause low birth weight and premature birth in babies.

Genetics

Unfortunately, we cannot yet choose our genes, and some people are simply genetically predisposed to periodontal disease and weak enamel. To stave off periodontal disease, even if genetic, be sure to take diligent care of your teeth and gums.

Medications

Sometimes we need to take medications, and those medications can cause oral health problems like dry mouth, which can help increase your odds of periodontal disease. While stopping those medications may not be possible, amping up your oral health routine is possible, and highly recommended. If you do find yourself experiencing dry mouth, speak to Dr. Abelar about his recommendations for moisturizing oral health products that can help keep the mouth moisturized and healthy.

Poor Nutrition

Sometimes we don’t eat as well as we should be. Whether we have a sweet tooth or perhaps we have limited access to healthy foods, we are what we eat, as the old saying goes. Unfortunately, that isn’t just detrimental to our waistline, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure, it can also be damaging to our gums, too, especially if we aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals. Upping your intake of vitamin C and calcium can help with oral health, whether it be via supplements or a diet rich in these vitamins and minerals such as dairy, dark leafy greens, and citrus fruits.

If you are suffering from gum disease, have gums that bleed when you brush or floss, or are concerned about your oral health, contact Dr. Abelar’s office today to schedule an exam.

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