Surprising causes of gum disease and tips for solving them
Gingivitis and periodontitis seem to come out of nowhere sometimes. In general, if you take good care of your teeth, they should take care of you, but many people overlook a few things that could be allowing plaque to build up and cause or exacerbate gum disease.
With growing evidence that the plaque on your teeth is directly related to the dangerous plaque in your arteries, there’s more reason than ever to take care of your teeth. To keep your pearly whites strong and your gums healthy, here are some of the dangers you could be exposing your teeth and gums to without even thinking about it.
Ill-fitting fillings or crowns
If you have a good dentist, you’ll have very little chance of getting a filling or crown that doesn’t sit right in or on your tooth. However, to err is human. If you have pain in your teeth after getting a filling or crown, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist. With some fillings and crowns, experiencing a bit more cold or heat sensitivity after the procedure is common. However, if it hurts to bite down after a few days, make an appointment to see your dentist again. If a filling or crown doesn’t fit well, that leaves a gap open for bacteria to get in and start breeding. This can cause major issues for your teeth and gums.
If you do have a poorly-fitting filling or crown, your dentist should be able to fix it without much of a problem at all, as long as you seek assistance sooner rather than later.
You probably never thought about this before, but breathing through your mouth can be an invitation to gum disease. We’re not saying to keep your mouth shut when you’re talking, or that you should suffer and snort when you have a cold. However, if you regularly breathe through your mouth, you’re drying out the saliva in your mouth, which washes away harmful bacteria. To solve this problem, try to make a habit of breathing through your nose, and drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will help fight gum disease.
You already know that you should quit smoking because it’s bad for your lungs and your heart, but did you know it’s also terrible for your gums? Smoking doesn’t just leave yellow stains on your teeth; it also aggravates your gums. Aggravated gums recede more quickly, which is a huge problem for your teeth. The sooner you quit smoking, the better off your gums will be.
If you are deficient in certain vitamins and nutrients, especially vitamin C, your body has a hard time fighting off bacterial and viral infections. There’s a reason why people who don’t get enough vitamin C have dental problems. One of the biggest symptoms of scurvy is teeth loosening and tooth loss. Keep an eye on your diet. Get plenty of vitamin C, calcium, and iron, and your gums will be a lot more likely to remain healthy well into your years.
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