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Statistics show adults over the age of 35 lose more teeth to periodontal disease than any other oral health problem, including cavities. You may be at risk for gum disease if you neglect your brushing and flossing routine once in a while, take certain medications or have a family history of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and can be prevented. Dr. Leo Tokarczyk encourages patients to educate themselves about gum disease so that periodontal surgery or laser gum surgery is not even necessary.
Few people are aware that there is a link between the health of their mouth and overall health and well-being. If you are at risk for diabetes or have a compromised immune system, you may be at a higher risk of developing gum disease. In some cases, gum disease can be the precursor to health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease or even certain types of cancer. An infection that starts in the mouth can travel to the organs and be the root cause of more severe health issues. Periodontal disease can be linked to:
Maintaining a diligent brushing and flossing routine can prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis. Other ways to prevent gum disease in, include:
Hormonal changes throughout the female life cycle can affect the tissues in the body, including the gums. Fluctuating hormones during puberty, pregnancy and menopause can make the gums more sensitive and prone to developing an infection. This is why taking extra good care of the teeth and gums during pregnancy is critical for women. Seeing a dentist regularly for a professional cleaning will not only protect the gums but also protect the baby.
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