What are the risk factors for periodontal disease?
- Poor oral hygiene
- Eating sugary or acidic foods
- Tooth abnormalities
- Hormone changes
- Chewing tobacco
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Acidic PH saliva: we will test your PH for free!
- Certain medications such as steroids and oral contraceptives
- Vitamin C deficiency
- Genetic factors
- Osteoporosis and osteonecrosis
- Herpes, syphilis
- Autoimmune disease, tuberculosis
Of what symptoms should I be aware?
Keep your guard up by looking for the symptoms of gum disease during your daily oral hygiene routine. If you are spitting blood in the sink when you brush your teeth, you may have the beginning symptoms of early periodontitis, called gingivitis. Check to see if your gums are deep red or purple in appearance. Swollen or sensitive gums are also a sign of gingivitis. Does your breath stink or does your mouth taste unpleasant, even after brushing or flossing? Chronic halitosis and unpleasant taste are symptoms of periodontal disease. When you notice these early signs of periodontal disease, it is imperative to have a dental cleaning or checkup with Dr. Baptiste.