Alta Dental

Surprising Causes of Gum Disease

November 30, 2021
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Posted By: Alta Dental Studio

Lack of dental care and poor oral hygiene are the leading causes of gum disease, but there can be other contributing factors.

Let’s look at a few common causes, as well as gum disease treatment in Vancouver.

Family History

There is some evidence that gum disease runs in families. If you have a family history of this condition, be sure to talk to your dentist.

Tobacco Use

Tobacco is hard on most body systems, but when it comes to your oral health, it interferes with specific oral cells and leaves you vulnerable to oral infections, including gum disease.

Poor Nutrition

Nutrition plays a role in your overall health and wellness, including the state of your teeth and gums. We recommend reducing sugar and carbs and upping the vitamin C, water, and calcium-rich foods. A diverse diet rich in veggies is ideal.

Hormonal Shifts and Pregnancy

Hormone levels shift with your menstrual cycles and during pregnancy. Because of this, we recommend taking extra precautions during menstrual cycles or if you’re expecting. And watch for oral health changes, including red, puffy, or bleeding gums. If you do notice changes, contact your Vancouver dentist.

Dry Mouth

A dry mouth can cause oral infections, tooth decay and contribute to gum disease. Dry mouth may result from certain medications, tobacco use, or poor hydration. If you’re drinking enough water and your mouth is still dry, talk to your dentist.

Orthodontic Issues

Crowded and overlapping teeth are difficult to brush and floss effectively. If your teeth are crowded, talk to your dentist about orthodontics. And be sure to take extra care when brushing and flossing.

Periodontal Disease Treatment in Vancouver

We offer gentle but effective periodontal treatment in our dental office. If you have signs of gum disease—bleeding gums when brushing, loose teeth, or oral health changes—we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

Alta Dental Studio is taking all precautions with COVID-19 in addition to our highest-standard sterilization and infection controls that we have always had in place.

A list of enhanced health and safety-related practices have been firmly implemented