Gum Disease Risk Factors and Prevention

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Inflamed and irritated gums are not an uncommon problem. Fortunately, our experienced dentists in the Denver and Cherry Creek area can help you avoid gum problems in the first place. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria is contained in plaque, and the toxins produced by the bacteria not only cause cavities, the toxins also inflame and irritate your gums, causing them to swell and bleed.

Preventing Gum DiseaseCertain risk factors increase your risk for gum disease:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Failing to get your routine dental cleanings and exams
  • Diet that lacks nutrients
  • Certain medications
  • Certain health conditions that impair your immune system
  • Family history of gum disease

Additionally, if your teeth are crooked, you may be more vulnerable to gum disease because it is more difficult to floss and brush adequately around misaligned teeth.

Our dentists can discuss your specific risk factors with you, as well as ways you can manage them. To prevent gum disease, it's essential to brush and floss your teeth, and to get routine professional dental cleanings to remove plaque and tartar in your mouth.

If you are searching for experienced, caring, state-of-the-art Denver dentistry in a modern setting, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.