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What Is Gum Disease?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Weo Admin
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Gum disease is a bacterial infection that targets the tissues surrounding and supporting your teeth. It often begins with the accumulation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, on your teeth. If not adequately removed through regular brushing and flossing, this plaque can lead to inflammation of the gums.

Identifying Risk Factors

Recognizing the risk factors associated with gum disease is crucial for proactive oral health management. The risks include:

Poor Oral Hygiene Habits

Inadequate oral hygiene, such as irregular brushing and flossing, significantly increases the risk of gum disease. Maintaining a consistent and thorough oral care routine is paramount for prevention.

Tobacco Use

Using tobacco products increases your risk for gum disease. Its harmful components compromise the immune system and hinder the healing process. This makes the gums more susceptible to infections.

Genetic Predisposition

Genetics can play a role in the likelihood of developing gum disease. Individuals with a family history of periodontal issues may be more susceptible, emphasizing the importance of vigilant oral care.

Poor Nutrition

A well-balanced diet is a cornerstone of preventive oral care. A lack of it leads to a weakened immune system. Also, consuming starchy foods may erode tooth enamel. This erosion makes teeth more susceptible to bacteria buildup and increases the likelihood of gum disease.


Some medications can impact oral health in different ways. For example, they can reduce saliva flow, leading to dry mouth and increased bacterial buildup. Other medications can cause hormonal changes, making you more susceptible to oral infections.

Health Conditions

Systemic diseases can compromise the immune system by affecting the inflammatory response of the body. This can elevate your risk of gum disease. Managing these conditions effectively is essential for overall oral health.

Going to the dentist regularly, brushing your teeth well, and making healthy lifestyle changes can help a lot in preventing gum disease. Talk to our dentist if you want advice tailored to your specific needs.

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