December 26, 2013

What Are the Risk Factors of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammatory condition marked by an excessive presence of harmful oral bacteria in the mouth. Although we tend to think that all bacteria are harmful, the majority are not. Of the 350 bacteria species present in the average healthy mouth, over 95% are either harmless or beneficial1. However, when the balance of oral microorganisms is disrupted by an increase in bad bacteria, plaque begins to form on the teeth and along the gumline. Plaque accumulation causes inflammation of the gums and frequently results in swelling, redness, soreness and bleeding. This initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis—and it’s entirely reversible with proper care. If left untreated, however, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is much more serious, and difficult to treat. So, what are the biggest risk factors associated with the development of gum disease?

Lifestyle– The choices we make in our daily lives affect the way our bodies function. When we make healthy choices, such as maintaining a nutrient-dense diet, exercising, avoiding tobacco, and limiting alcohol consumption, the immune system thrives. Conversely, neglecting these healthy habits creates an environment that is ripe for disease. Long-term alcohol abuse is highly destructive to oral health, while smoking is the biggest preventable risk factor for gum disease2. Other contributing factors to periodontal disease include an unbalanced diet and psychological stress3. When it comes to preventing gum disease, a healthy lifestyle, combined with regular brushing, flossing, and routine trips to the dentist, is the best defense.

Age– Though gingivitis often affects teenagers, the onset of gum disease is most prevalent in adults 35 and older4.

Female hormonal changes– Women experience hormonal changes throughout their lives. Hormone fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause all affect oral health. Gum sensitivity increases during these times, making it easier for an inflammatory response to occur5.

Medical conditions– Research indicates systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and HIV/AIDS increase the risk for developing gum disease. Weakened immune systems are far more susceptible to infection6. Many medications that treat these and other conditions also have side effects that adversely affect oral health7.

Genetics– People with family members affected by gum disease are at an increased risk of developing it at some point in their lives8.

Reversing gum disease through natural oral care

In addition to healthy lifestyle choices and regular visits to the dentist, herbal mouth care products can help to ensure optimal oral health. Extensive research has shown that harsh chemical antimicrobial and antibiotic agents are not necessary for clean teeth, and that people with particularly sensitive gums often experience irritation with these products. Herbal extracts, such as those used in Truly Natural® Dental Herb Company products, have therapeutic value, and act as a natural remedy for gum disease; they are as gentle as they are effective. Due in large part to their gentle efficacy, the popularity of all-natural toothpastes and mouthwashes has steadily increased.

Dental Herb Company products contain five pure essential oils (not derivatives or synthetic equivalents) and two alcohol-free organic herbal extracts, which work synergistically to help reduce oral bacteria, soothe oral irritation, and condition and rebuild gum tissue. The formulae for the Tooth & Gums System took two decades to perfect and it is this dedication to creating a powerfully effective all natural alternative that has earned the company a reputation for excellence with patients and dentists alike. For more than a decade, Dental Herb Company products have been used and trusted by thousands of dentists. Now you can order the same professional strength products directly from the Dental Herb Company.

References:

  1. Periodontitis (Causes).” Nytimes.com. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2013. Web.
  2. Periodontal Disease.” Umm.edu. Ed. Harvey Simon, MD. University of Maryland Medical Center, 11 Mar. 2013. Web.
  3. “Periodontal Disease.” Umm.edu. Ed. Harvey Simon, MD. University of Maryland Medical Center, 11 Mar. 2013. Web.
  4. “Periodontal Disease.” Umm.edu. Ed. Harvey Simon, MD. University of Maryland Medical Center, 11 Mar. 2013. Web.
  5. Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.” Nidcr.nih.gov. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Aug. 2012. Web.
  6. Chi, Angela C., DMD, Brad W. Neville, DDS, Joe W. Krayer, DDS, and Wanda C. Gonsalves, MD. “Oral Manifestations of Systemic Disease.” Aafp.org. American Family Physician, n.d. Web.
  7. Oral Side Effects of Medications.” WebMD.com. WebMD, n.d. Web.
  8. Periodontal Disease.” Umm.edu. Ed. Harvey Simon, MD. University of Maryland Medical Center, 11 Mar. 2013. Web.



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