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Your Gum Disease Self-Assessment

Posted on 12/27/2016 by Dr. David Mugford
A woman examining herself for gum disease at home.
There are millions of people that have gum disease and don't know it, so they aren't aware that this serious infection could potentially cause them to lose a tooth.

If you think that you might have gum diseases, ask yourself some questions in order to determine your risk:

•  Are you a male or female? There are certain genetic differences between women and men that can affect the risk of gum disease. Hormonal fluctuations that women experience during pregnancy, menopause, and puberty can put you at a heightened risk.
•  Are you a smoker? Studies have shown that smoking could be one of the most significant factors when it comes to the development and worsening of gum disease. Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have tartar on their teeth, deep gum pockets, and experience bone loss.
•  Do you experience bleeding gums? Bleeding gums are a top sign of gum disease, especially when you brush or floss.
•  Do you have loose teeth? Gum disease is an inflammatory problem that is caused by infection, and it can cause the attachment fibers and supporting bones responsible from holding teeth in your mouth to become destroyed. The teeth can then loosen and fall out.
•  How often do you floss your teeth? Studies show that flossing is crucial in your oral health care routine in order to reduce the amount of bacteria that cause gum disease in your mouth.
•  Do you have chronic health conditions? Certain health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis are all linked to gum disease. The bacteria associated with gum disease can get into the blood and then pose a threat to other parts of your body. Keeping your gums healthy can help with your overall health.

If you go through these questions and feel that you might have gum disease, contact our office for assistance and to set up an appointment.

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