Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and structures that surround and support the teeth. In the early stages, gum disease manifests with gums that bleed easily, especially when you brush and floss. This infection is caused by the bacteria from plaque, but there are certain factors that can increase your risk for gum disease, including:
– Stress – Stress makes the immune system weak, making it harder for your body to fight off infection, including gum disease.
– Certain medications – Some types of medication can cause dry mouth. With the lack of saliva, plaque, which can cause gum disease, is more likely to form.
– Fluctuating Hormones – When hormones go up or down in the body, changes are more likely in the mouth.
– Some Diseases – Some diseases put one at a greater risk for gum disease. Some diseases that increase risk include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and HIV. If our dentist knows about these problems, he can guide you in maintaining your periodontal health.
We encourage you to contact Trinity Dental Center at 864-642-4630 today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our wonderful dentist in Anderson, South Carolina. Dr. Robert Berkowitz and our team are proud to provide treatment for gum disease.