Denver, CO – Do you maintain a healthy oral care regimen, but have still found yourself being treated for gum disease? Even patients who brush and floss, eat the right foods and maintain all appointments with their dentists may still find themselves fighting periodontal disease. But it might not be their fault – genetics could actually be to blame.
It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of the population could be predisposed to the disease, which if not treated properly, can lead to bone and tooth loss. That means if you have parents or grandparents who lost teeth or suffered from gum disease, you need to be vigilant about visiting your dentist to ensure you keep your mouth healthy.
The Denver periodontists at Altura Periodontics are experienced in treating all forms of gum disease. Because there are many factors that can play in to gum disease, it is crucial that patients who have a family history of gum disease visit a periodontist to ensure their teeth and gums remain healthy.
Before periodontal treatment can begin, a diagnosis must be made. In order to do that, you’ll need to undergo a clinical exam that will include X-rays, and your dentist or periodontist must know your entire medical and dental history. If you know that you have a family history of gum disease, your periodontist will want to know that, as well.
If your periodontist knows that you have personally had previous issues with gum disease or that you have a family history of it, they will be able to monitor your oral health and create a plan to prevent further breakdown of your teeth and gums.
Periodontal disease results from the way bacteria and the patient’s defense system interact. Some people are lucky and are able to fight off the bacterial infection, even if they have poor oral hygiene. Other patients, however, no matter how carefully they brush and floss, just cannot fight off the bacteria as well.
These patients may have a genetic predisposition for the disease, which means they must be diligent about maintain a proper oral care regimen and visiting a Denver gum disease specialist. Completing an accurate medical history, including any family history of the disease, will allow your periodontist to create an accurate treatment plan that addresses your needs by taking into account your susceptibility to the disease.
- If you experience the following symptom, schedule an appointment with a periodontist right away.
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Gums that are red, swollen or tender
- Bad breath
- Receding gums or gums that pull away from the teeth
- Loose teeth or teeth that shift
- Changes in your bite or in the fit of your partial dentures.
Maintaining your dental health is not only important for your smile, but for your overall health, as well. There are links between gum disease and other serious health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Not only does having diabetes put you at risk for gum disease, but gum disease can actually worsen the effects of diabetes.
If you have suffered any of the above symptom, or know that you have a family history of tooth loss or gum disease, schedule an appointment with a periodontist today.
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