The Risk Factors for Gum Disease

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    Jan 17, 2008 9:21 AM GMT
    Sore and bleeding gums can be aggravated by citrus fruits and juices, rough or spicy food, alcohol, and tobacco. Take vitamin C supplements, if citrus fruits and juices cannot be taken. If dentures (artificial teeth) make gums bleed, wear them only during meals. Gum bleeding can be controlled by applying pressure with a gauze pad soaked in ice water directly to the bleeding gums. rush teeth gently (with a soft-bristle toothbrush) after every meal. The dentist may recommend rinsing with salt water or hydrogen peroxide and water. Avoid using commercial, alcohol-containing mouthwashes, which aggravate the problem.

    Aside from the bacteria that cause gum disease, there are other considerations which can modify the course or aggressiveness of the disease. These are called "risk factors" and are:

    Smoking has been shown to increase the chances of getting gum disease and also of having more aggressive types of gum disease.

    Patients who have diabetes or who have diabetes in their family can be predisposed to having gum disease or to having a more aggressive type of gum disease. If a patient has poorly-controlled diabetes, this may be associated with a more involved type of gum disease.

    Genetically-Reduced Resistance to Gum Disease
    There are genetic considerations which predispose patients toward a more aggressive, severe type of periodontitis. Patients, who have a family history of tooth loss or parents wearing dentures, should be more concerned about a genetic resistance consideration.

    The Type of Bacteria that are Present in a Patient's Mouth
    It is not known why some patients naturally have bacteria present in their mouths which are not associated with aggressive periodontitis while other patients have the more aggressive type of bacteria.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 19, 2008 9:22 AM GMT
    Interesting post and I certainly agree with what you have listed... but you didn't say much about a specific course of action to keep your gums in good shape and healthy. Brushing doesn't do it alone.

    I think the course of action is dictated by the condition of the gums. Is the action by the person to be defensive (to keep gums healthy) or to improve gums that are either diseased or just in relatively poor shape due to neglect.

    Periodontal disease can develop, which may require root planing, etc. Dental floss and even some "brushing supplements" (my word for it) like
    "GelKam will help keep bacteria that causes issues in your mouth at bay.