Everyone knows going to the dentist means receiving a bi-annual lecture on why brushing and flossing will save our lives. We sit back in the ominous, yet surprisingly comfortable dental chair and stare at the poster every dentist seems to have: “Signs of Gingivitis.” Of course we vow to our dental assistant to brush and floss twice a day, but what about those of us who ACTUALLY brush and floss everyday, yet still have sensitive and inflamed gum lines?
If you are still experiencing these symptoms after using your dentist goody-bag, you may want to consider if the causes below are having an effect on your mouth.
High Stress Levels
Whether it’s financial distress or cramming for finals at school, stress has a lasting effect on health and has recently been directly linked to periodontal disease (gum disease). The key is to release stress in a cathartic manner, or the stress will release itself in your gum line. Taking care of emotional stress in a positive way is almost always the first step in maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle.
Much like stress, your diet has a direct impact on the immune system and it’s ability to fight infection or inflammation. Choosing foods with probiotics, such as juices, milk, yogurt, cheeses and soy products, have a lasting effect on the strength of your gums and resistance to inflammation. Also, certain supplements with fish oil which contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids have traits that actually prevent inflammation and gum bleeding. To ensure lasting, strong gum lines, eat a diet with healthy amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Calcium.
Hormone Overload (or Underload)
Women experiencing puberty, menstruation, menopause or postmenopause are naturally at higher risk to be potential periodontal disease patients. The spike in hormones during puberty and menstruation causes an increase in blood circulation which can lead to inflammation and greater sensitivity to normal plaque and bacteria. Adversely, women experiencing menopause symptoms tend to have dry mouth and white gums. Most patients find estrogen supplements to be helpful during this period of change.
Among the long list of health hazards caused by smoking cigarettes, gum disease is one of the most common. There is an increasingly positive correlation with amount smoked and the intensity of pocketing, inflammation and long term gum recession. Smoking, like stress and bad diets, hinders the immune system and reduces the ability to fight gum disease and infection. Much of the inflammation that occurs as a symptom of gum disease is from the open wounds, and smoking keeps those wounds open and available for further infection which can lead to more serious gum issues and permanent damage. Dentists suggest smoking cessation to decrease the rate and severity of the disease.
Remember, a healthy body and a healthy mind start with careful oral hygiene.
Visit Sugarland Dental Spa
If you have any symptoms of gum disease such as gum irritation, bleeding, inflammation or recession contact Sugarland Dental Spa in the Houston, Texas area immediately! Our experienced dentists will identify the severity, and give you the treatment you need. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (281) 549-5177, or contact us online.