5 factors that increase your risk of gum disease

As we all should know, oral health is part of our overall health and wellbeing. Early gum disease is a common problem that can lead to more serious oral health issues if not properly managed. However, the good news is that you can help prevent and manage early stages of gum disease. Knowing the risk factors that can trigger gum issues can help you take action and avoid more serious problems.

There are certain risk factors that can contribute to gum issues, such as:

  • Diabetes: Too much glucose in the blood for a long time causes diabetes problems. High blood glucose can also cause tooth and gum problems since it helps bacteria grow, which turns into plaque.
  • Pregnancy: Studies show that many pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis – when dental plaque builds up on the teeth and irritates the gums – due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.
  • Advanced age: As you age, osteoporosis can cause bone loss in the jaw and increase tooth mobility. Medications, general health conditions and dentures can also affect gum health and cause irritation.
  • Stress: High levels of stress can lead to poor oral hygiene practices (skipping brushing, eating fast food, etc.). Stress also increases inflammation in your body, which makes your gums more likely to bleed. Finally, stress can weaken your immune system which makes it easier for plaque bacteria to cause issues.
  • Smoking: Smokers have more than twice the risk for gum disease compared to non-smokers.

If you have any of these risk factors, and you are experiencing gum bleeding or inflammation, consider adding a specialized toothpaste to your regime, like Colgate PerioGardSF, that provides long-lasting antibacterial activity – using it twice a day can significantly reduce bleeding and inflammation of the gums. Use it with the a gum protection toothbrush to gently remove plaque and bacteria – the cause of gum bleeding.

Take the new Gum Health Quiz at colgate.ca to learn more about the causes, consequences and risk factors associated with poor gum health.

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