Periodontal or gum disease is a widespread problem that affects millions of people. It not only poses a serious threat to your oral health if not treated promptly, but it can also impact your overall health and well-being.
Every day, we see new scientific evidence of the connection between periodontal and general health, and Dr. Krayniy and Dr. Zimmerman take the treatment of gum disease very seriously at their New York City dental office.
Some of the most common risk factors for gum disease are:
- Poor oral hygiene – If you don’t do an adequate job brushing and flossing, bacteria-filled plaque has a chance to build up along and under the gum line and cause an infection.
- Smoking – Smokers are one of the highest-risk groups for developing gum disease. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, and it also slows makes it more difficult to heal after periodontal treatment.
- Diabetes – If you have diabetes, you are at increased risk of developing infections that include periodontal disease.
- Medications - Numerous medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, inhibit healthy saliva production that helps to promote healthier gums. The result is dry mouth, a condition which places you at greater risk for infections like gum disease.
- Genetics – Your genetic makeup has the potential to make you more prone to periodontal disease, and there are current studies to suggest that it is influenced by heredity.
If you’re worried about your risk for developing gum disease, the best things you can do are to brush and floss conscientiously and keep up with your six-month appointments for dental exams and cleanings. During these visits, our Midtown Manhattan dentists will ensure that your gums are healthy and provide treatment if we discover any problems. Please call us at (212) 245-0055 to schedule your next appointment.