Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and structures that surround and support the teeth. In the early stages, gum disease manifests with gums that bleed easily, especially when you brush and floss. This infection is caused by the bacteria from plaque, but there are some factors that can increase your risk for gum disease, including:
– Stress – Stress weakens the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infection, including gum disease. Try stress-relieving tactics to improve your oral and overall health.
– Certain medications – Some types of medication can cause dry mouth. With the lack of saliva, plaque, which can cause gum disease, is more likely to form. Tell Dr. Daniela Zambon what medications you are taking so she can make sure that you receive the dental care you need.
– Fluctuating Hormones – When hormones go up or down in the body, changes are more likely in the mouth. Because of this, puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can increase your risk for gum disease.
– Diseases – Some diseases increase the risk of gum disease. For instance, people with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease than people without diabetes. Other diseases that increase risk include rheumatoid arthritis and HIV.
We invite you to contact Daniela A. Zambon, DDS, MS, PC at 817-453-7766 to learn more and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Daniela Zambon and our team are proud to provide gum disease treatment for those in need.