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The best way to prevent gum disease is effective daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional examinations and cleanings. Unfortunately, even with the most diligent home dental care, people still can develop some form of periodontal disease. Once this disease starts, professional intervention is necessary to prevent its progress
Other Important Factors Affecting the Health of Your Gums
- Smoking : Smokers have a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than non-smokers. They are also more likely to suffer from more aggressive forms of periodontal disease. Healing following periodontal therapy may take more time.
- Diabetes: Periodontal disease can be more aggressive in nature and less responsive to treatment than in non-diabetics. Additionally, untreated periodontal disease can make medical management of your diabetes more difficult.
- Stress : Stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off any infection, including periodontal disease.
- Clenching and grinding teeth : These habits can generate excess force on the teeth that may increase the rate at which periodontal disease progresses.
- Medications: There are many medications, such as antidepressants and heart medicines which can directly affect your oral health.
- Poor nutrition: Without a balanced diet, the body will have difficulty fighting infection.
- Pregnancy and Puberty: Hormonal changes which occur during these times may cause the gums to become red and to bleed easily.