Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria have accumulated along your gum line. This accumulation produces swelling, redness, and irritation within your soft tissues. If left untreated, it can progress and cause further more complicated and severe dental issues. Various phases of your life may make you more susceptible to gum disease.
Stages That Involve Hormonal Changes
There are specific times in your life when your hormones change. Pregnancy, puberty, and menopause are three stages that involve significant hormonal changes. During these times, your teeth are more susceptible to gingivitis and gum disease.
Stages That Involve Illness
Certain illnesses can affect the condition of your gums. Cancer and HIV interfere with your immune system. Diabetes involves your blood sugar, and if you have it, you are at a higher risk of developing infections and dental issues. If your illness requires taking medications, these can also affect your oral health, especially if they lessen your flow of saliva.
Stages That Involve Bad Habits
If you've ever gone through a phase in your life when you've chosen to engage in bad habits, it can harm your dental health. Smoking is a harmful habit that makes it harder for your gum tissue to repair itself. If you go through a phase of poor dental hygiene routines, it can adversely affect your dental health as well.
Dr. Shunnarah at Montevallo Family Dentistry is keenly aware that each of his patients is unique. He also understands that different phases and stages of life require specific and careful attention. For this reason, let him know if you’re going through a season of change in your health or habits. He will help you navigate each stage so you can experience optimal dental health for a lifetime!
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