Alexandria VA Dentist | Are you at Risk of Developing Gum Disease?

Did you know that almost half of American adults (aged 30 or older) have some form of gum disease according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). In fact, 64.7 million of us have periodontitis: an advanced stage of gum disease responsible for tooth loss in some cases.

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Periodontal disease is a serious issue, widespread and the number one cause of tooth loss for adults, even above tooth decay. That being said, gum disease is often treatable and can be helped. Knowing whether you may be at an increased risk for developing gum disease can help you keep an eye on the health of your gums and get treatment early on. Here, we’ll outline some of the statistics compiled by the AAP on the risk of gum disease. If any of them describe you, it may be worth scheduling a periodontal evaluation to check on the health of your gums.

1.) If You Are a Smoker

Smokers are twice as likely to develop gum disease than those who do not.

2.) If You Have Diabetes

Nearly 95% of individuals with diabetes will experience some form of gum disease during their lives. In fact, periodontists are often the first medical professionals to diagnose early signs of diabetes because they keep a close eye on your gum health.

3.) If You Are Pregnant

More than half (60-70%) of pregnant women will experience gingivitis due to the increase in hormones caused by pregnancy. Studies have shown that mothers with unhealthy gums are at a higher risk of delivering prematurely as well.

4.) If You Are a Man

54% of men are diagnosed, while only 38% of women are.

5.) If You Are Older Than 35

Adults are more prone to losing teeth to periodontal disease than to tooth decay.

6.) If You Have a Family History of the Disease

It is estimated that nearly 30% of people experience gum disease because of a genetic predisposition for the disease. You may also be up to six times more likely to get periodontitis than those who do not have any genetic link to the condition

While gum disease may seem to be of little concern, it is much more important than many might believe. Periodontal disease can often lead to serious health complications for your overall health, including increasing your risk for stroke, heart disease, and other serious illnesses. If you have several of these risk factors, and have had trouble with your gums, contact Karl A. Smith, DDS, MS to schedule an evaluation.

 

Karl A. Smith, DDS, MS
Phone: (703) 894-4867
2500 N. Van Dorn St., Suite 128
Alexandria , VA 22302

Alexandria VA Periodontist | Are Your Favorite Snacks Causing More Damage Than They’re Worth?

Because of our often busy lives, it may be quick and easy to snack throughout the day. Whether it’s sipping on soda or grabbing handfuls of chips, your favorite snacks could be causing more damage than they’re worth. These foods can cause damage to your gums and the development of periodontal disease. Below are just a few of the most popular snack items and a description of how they could affect your oral health.Alexandria VA Periodontist

Sticky Sweets

While candies and caramels might satisfy your sweet tooth, the refined sugar from these candies can linger on your teeth and in the pockets of your gums. Creating plaque and tartar that can attack your gums and lead to disease, most sticky candy is not a friend to your oral health.

Carbonated Soft Drinks

Loaded with sugar and phosphoric acid, soda can cause irreversible damage to your healthy gums. A good substitute for soda is a carbonated beverage without the loaded sugar and without the phosphoric acid. There are many flavored beverages on the market right now which give that same satisfaction from carbonation without the added sugar or phosphoric acid. A carbonated beverage without the loaded sugar will have fewer calories too! 

Chips & Bread

Whether we grab a bag of chips with our favorite dip or make a piece of toast, both contain starch which converts to sugar and gets easily stuck between your teeth and deep in our gums. Much like with other sticky sweets, this trapped sugar can cause serious damage to your gums and push you towards periodontal disease.

Healthy Options

The best snacks for your teeth are those that contain compounds that are good for your oral health, such as calcium and natural antibacterial properties. Apples, carrots, celery, nuts, yogurt, and cheese top the list for oral health because of their high vitamin, mineral, fiber, and protein content. Just as convenient as the less healthy snacks on this list, your gums will thank you for these healthy alternatives.

At your next appointment, talk with our Alexandria Periodontist about other ways you can ensure your gum health. Contact Karl A. Smith, DDS, MS today. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Karl A. Smith, DDS, MS
Phone: (703) 894-4867
2500 N. Van Dorn St., Suite 128
Alexandria , VA 22302