Many dental patients complain that they are dissatisfied with the health of their smile. Compromised dental health can affect oral functions and interfere with the strength and beauty of the smile. While most people assume that oral health problems are related to the strength or structure of the teeth, poor gum health is often the cause of oral complications.
Dr. Roni S. Berbari offers a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments to address problems with the teeth and gums. While these treatments are effective, patients should understand that, with proper oral care, they can avoid poor gum health altogether. Dr. Berbari explains the most common causes of poor gum health for Montreal, QC patients, and offers useful tips for preserving the health of the gums and teeth.
Causes of Poor Gum Health
The gums play an important role in the mouth. Strong, healthy gum tissue supports the teeth and provides a stable foundation that allows patients to bite and chew comfortably. If the health of the gum tissues becomes compromised, the entire structure of the smile will be threatened. Unfortunately, poor gum health is an issue for many patients. Below are some of the most common causes of poor gum health:
- Poor oral hygiene habits: Just like the teeth, the health of the gums is dependent on good oral hygiene habits. If patients do not brush and floss regularly, or if they use improper techniques, bacteria can build up beneath gum tissue. Without consistent at-home oral care and regular dental cleanings, the health of the gums will suffer.
- Tobacco use: Smoking is a habit that is widely known to be harmful to the lungs, but studies now show that smoking and tobacco use can also compromise oral health. Even moderate smokers are about twice as likely to suffer from periodontal disease and experience gum recession. Those who smoke more regularly increase their risk of gum disease three times.
- Genetics: Evidence suggests that there is a genetic link to gum disease. Even with proper oral care, the risk of gum disease is greater for those with a family history of the condition.
- Certain illnesses and medications: Other illnesses, and the use of certain medications, can increase the risk of poor gum health. Physical conditions that have been linked to gum disease include diabetes and heart disease. Medications that may compromise gum health include certain blood pressure medications, antihistamines, and antidepressants.
Preserving Gum Health
It is important for all patients to take necessary precautions to prevent poor gum health. However, patients who are at an increased risk of gum disease need to be especially vigilant. The following practices can help patients preserve gum health:
- Brush and floss regularly
- Schedule biannual dental exams and cleanings (or more frequently, depending on certain conditions)
- Drink lots of water
- Refrain from using tobacco products
If you are concerned about the health of your teeth or gums, it is time to see an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Roni S. Berbari. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about Dr. Berbari’s comprehensive range of dental services, and how these treatments can help you preserve a strong, healthy smile.