gum disease, oral health, HomeTown Dental

Did you know that by age 30, nearly 50% of the people in the U.S. are diagnosed with gum disease? To help you make sure you or anyone in your family doesn’t fall into this statistic, HomeTown Dental wants you to know some of the most common causes of gum disease so you can make sure to avoid them.

Tobacco Use

The use of any tobacco product can be destructive to your overall health, but also have a severe effect on your dental health. While we all know that tobacco use leads to cancer, it is also a common cause of gum disease. In fact, tobacco use affects dental health in a multitude of ways. To avoid gum disease caused by tobacco use, your best bet is to just avoid using tobacco in all forms – cigarettes, cigars, chewing/dipping, hookah, etc.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Okay, now this one really should come as no surprise. If you don’t take care of your teeth and practice proper oral hygiene of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing them at least once a day, then you’re just playing Russian roulette with gum disease. The best way to not get gum disease from poor oral hygiene is to stick to a dental health regimen, but also to schedule a professional dental cleaning with your local HomeTown Dental every 6 months.

Stress

This one may come as a surprise, but even stress can be a cause of gum disease. While you may think that stress is all in your head, stress can affect your entire body and health – including your mouth. When your body is under stress, your immune system can get all out of whack and allow bacteria to grow in your mouth.

Avoid gum disease by staying away from these three big causes and make sure to come see your trusted North Texas dentist at your local HomeTown Dental.

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