Periodontal disease has a definite cause – harmful oral bacteria – but everyone’s risks for developing the disease differs. For instance, if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums by brushing them twice a day, flossing at least once, and visiting your dentist regularly, then you’re less likely to develop gum disease. Likewise, if you skip your hygiene routine, avoid visiting your dentist, or experience any of the following, then you may be more likely to have to deal with periodontal disease in the near future.
Proper tooth alignment makes your smile more attractive, allows your bite to function properly, and makes it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean. When your teeth are crooked, your toothbrush and floss can’t properly clean every surface. Overlapping edges, uneven gum coverage, and more can make it easier for oral bacteria to hide and lead to issues like periodontal disease.
Impacted wisdom teeth
When wisdom teeth (third molars) become impacted, they can cause debilitating levels of discomfort as they push against other teeth and surrounding jawbone structure. When one or more of them partially erupt from the gums, they can leave spaces for bacteria to easily work their underneath the tissues and lead to gum disease.
Failed dental restorations
Dental restorations like crowns, veneers, and other customized options help rebuild tooth structure, often affecting how the gums cover the tooth. If the restoration fails, then the gum line near the tooth can recede, making that area of your gums more vulnerable to harmful bacteria and disease.
Lower Your Risks of Periodontal Disease
There are many things that can increase your risk of periodontal disease, but you can mitigate those risks with regular care and attention from your periodontal expert. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.