3 Behaviors That Can Raise Your Risk For Periodontal Trouble

Could you do a better job of protecting yourself against the effects of periodontal disease? The answer to this question is an important one, as an infection that affects your gums can create more problems for your well-being than you might expect. People who develop problems with their gum health are at risk for losing teeth, as bacteria can cause damage that leads to tooth loss. It can also become more difficult for you to manage your overall health due to interference from periodontal disease. If you want to make a serious effort to avoid problems with your oral and periodontal health, start looking for lifestyle changes that reduce your risks. If you think something is wrong, or if you want help preventing gum problems, make an appointment at our Encinitas/San Diego, CA periodontal practice.

1. Using Tobacco Products

By using tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco, you make yourself more susceptible to gum disease. While you might not be aware of this connection already, you should be familiar with at least some of the other risks associated with tobacco, like teeth stains, and a greater risk for serious diseases, like oral cancer.

2. Failing To Practice Effective Oral Care On A Daily Basis

How does a person wind up with gum disease? An infection occurs when oral bacteria infiltrate your gum line, and start doing harm to your periodontal tissues. You can stop this from ever happening when you keep up an effective routine for brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, even people who are confident in their habits sometimes make mistakes that can be costly. If you are guilty of sometimes skipping a brushing and/or flossing session, or if you do not give these activities your full attention, you can wind up with gingivitis, which can progress into a serious periodontal problem if it is not addressed.

3. Ignoring The Symptoms Associated With Gingivitis

If you start to notice changes to your gum tissues like redness, swelling, or bleeding, it might be time to worry about gingivitis. One reason to pay attention to what you are doing when you brush and floss is that you can look over your smile, and recognize these symptoms. Once they are spotted, we can provide preventive periodontal services that reverse your condition, and keep you safe from periodontal disease!

Talk To Dr. Kania About Addressing Periodontal Trouble

Are you worried that you are at risk for periodontal problems, or that you might already have an infection? Dr. Kania is prepared to help you manage your condition! We offer preventive support for those who are trying to prevent problems, and we can offer modern treatments to control an ongoing battle with periodontal disease. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.