Your periodontist in Jupiter, FL, is a professional that focuses on the care and maintenance of gums, as well as providing dental implant surgery. Throughout the year, we see many patients and the following five “groups” of people tend to be at higher risk of developing gum disease.
Smokers are at a higher risk for just about every possible disease, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes. Gum disease is no exception to this rule, and if you are a smoker, taking steps to stop smoking is the best way to ensure that you are as healthy as possible. Aside from simply staining your teeth, smoking affects the immune system, and slows the healing process. If you need a dental procedure, it is recommend that you quit smoking for at least a week (if not forever) after oral surgery to allow your mouth to heal properly.
Additionally, smokers absolutely need to be brushing and flossing diligently twice per day, and smokers also need to schedule regular visits with their dental hygienist and their periodontist in Jupiter. In fact, we often recommend that smokers schedule additional appointments beyond the typical annual or biennial appointments.
2. Those With Poor Oral Hygiene
This probably seems obvious, but those with poor oral hygiene habits definitely place themselves at a much higher risk for developing gum disease and cavities. Don’t forget to schedule your twice-yearly visits to the dentist and dental hygienist. Spending just a few minutes in the morning and a few minutes in the evening brushing and flossing also can go a long way toward avoiding extra trips to your periodontist in Jupiter. It’s far less expensive to schedule regular check-ups and brush and floss than it is to pay for costly procedures caused by a lack of oral hygiene.
3. Diabetics & Cancer Patients
As if having a disease such as cancer or diabetes wasn’t difficult enough to face, these diseases and any disease that affects the body’s immune system can put one at higher risk for gum disease. For those with diabetes or any disease that affects the immune system, it is imperative that you brush and floss twice daily and schedule visits with your periodontist and dental hygienist at least twice per year. Keeping your blood glucose under control also will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
For those with cancer, it can be difficult to keep up with one’s oral health regimen. We recommend that a patient try to schedule a visit with their periodontist in Jupiter, FL, prior to beginning any cancer treatment. A thorough exam and a thorough cleaning can ensure that your oral health is as strong as possible during your cancer treatment. We also can provide you with some helpful tips that will make it easier for you to care for your teeth and gums during treatment.
4. Pregnant Women
If possible, schedule a routine exam and cleaning before you become pregnant, this allows us to safely take x-rays or handle any needed surgical procedures. During pregnancy, maintaining your twice-daily brushing and flossing routine is essential. This keeps your teeth and gums healthy, but it also removes bacteria from your mouth which can prevent illness, so proper brushing and flossing can make you feel your best during pregnancy.
Of course, it is not uncommon for women to suffer from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Unfortunately, vomiting can damage tooth enamel and many of our patients naturally are tempted to brush their teeth immediately after throwing up. While it might seem unpleasant, it’s best to wait about an hour and instead rinse your mouth out with a combination of baking soda and water. You also can brush your tongue and rinse again with water, but brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting can damage enamel, which has become softened by the stomach acids present in vomit.
5. Older Adults
As we age, our teeth and gums need a bit more care. In some cases, it can be hard for those with arthritis or mobility issues to truly get in there and brush and floss properly. Consider investing in an electric water flosser and add this to your daily oral hygiene regimen. Using an electric toothbrush and disposable floss picks also can be a bit easier to handle. Additionally, while you might have been fine with a yearly visit to the dentist in the past, some older adults need to come in every four to six months for a check-up.
If you are experiencing issues such as red gums, soreness or bleeding gums, these are signs of gum disease and we recommend that you schedule a visit with your periodontist in Jupiter, FL. In some cases, a thorough cleaning can remove all of the plaque and tartar that cause gum disease, and in other cases, more advanced procedures will need to be provided to help restore gum health and prevent tooth loss.