We noted in our previous post that February is Gum Disease Awareness Month. We shared an infographic as a reminder of some common symptoms of infected gums.
We can help you with gum disease treatment at Atlanta West Dentistry. We can’t change the factors that may make you more likely to develop a periodontal infection. However, you can benefit from knowing what those risk factors may be. You can do something about some of them. Other factors are out of your control.
Either way, we want you to have the knowledge to make good decisions. That includes calling (770) 941-6979 to get routine checkups at our Marietta, GA dental office. With that noted, here are some risk factors that could affect your smile.
Know What You Can’t Control
It’s advice many coaches have passed along to their teams. Control the things you can control. Here are some things that may affect your own susceptibility to periodontal issues:
Age – You may not likely, but you are going to get older. Unfortunately, that also means you are more vulnerable to infections, which includes gum infections.
Family History – Your parents give you a lot. That may include a predisposition to periodontal problems. This doesn’t mean that you are doomed to unhealthy gums, but it is something you should be aware of.
Stress – We don’t have to tell you that life can be stressful. Whether something comes up in your personal or professional life, stress can affect your immune system.
Control The Things That You Can
While you may not be able to change the things we mentioned above, you can do things that are good for your oral health. By doing the things that you should, you can improve your oral and overall health:
Oral Hygiene – You know that you are supposed to have a good and consistent daily oral care routine. If you follow the American Dental Association recommendation, you are brushing twice daily and flossing each day. To put it simply, you are less likely to have gum problems if you follow those suggestions.
Avoid Tobacco – Chewing, dipping, smoking, and vaping are all bad for your health. This can affect your gums and your ability to fight off harmful bacteria. At the same time, tobacco users have more difficulty treating gum infections, and they are more prone to recurring infections. If you don’t use tobacco, don’t start. If you want to quit, we encourage you to call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line: 1-877-270-STOP (877-270-7867), 1-877-2NO-FUME in Spanish, or 1-877-777-6534 for the hearing impaired.
Nutrition – Again, this is something you know, but it’s always worth reminding ourselves. If you eat healthy food, you will be healthier. If you eat poorly, your immune system will be weaker.
Keep Your Smile Protected
Being proactive about your oral health is one of the best things you can do for your smile and yourself. Brush and floss daily. Get regular checkups at Atlanta West Dentistry, and avoid things that hurt your health. Call (770) 941-6979 or contact us online.
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