The aging factor
Plenty of studies have indicated that periodontal disease is mostly usual among the elderly of the population. Statistics show that approximately 70% of the elderly beyond 65 years of age, struggle with some form of periodontitis.
Aging is the most natural biological process, but if you do not pay special attention to dental care while you are young, this will have negative repercussions later on. If you are a heavy smoker for most of your life, while approaching 60 or 70, it is unlikely that you will have a strong and healthy set of teeth and a healthy gumline.
The Genetic factor
Unfortunately, inheritance such as certain diseases cannot be turned own. Even though you take special care of your dental health, if you are genetically predisposed to develop gum disease, you will. However, there is possible to perform nowadays all sorts of genetic tests which can reveal if you are susceptible to develop such a disease. Then, intervention treatment can alleviate the symptoms and you will avoid gum disease.
Stress & anxiousness
It has been scientifically proven that people who have to deal with a huge amount of stress for prolonged periods increase their risk for developing systemic diseases (such as cancer, hypertension and even gum disease). When the body and the entire neurological system is under stress… that system will not be able to fight off infections successfully. Treating stress and anxiety will be the first step towards avoiding the apparition of many chronic diseases, including periodontal disease.
Oral health affected by drugs
When you go to any doctor, you should normally inform him about the medicated treatments you have been taking. This way, the respective doctor can come up with a treatment plan that will not interfere with those medications. Therefore, when you go to the dentist inform him about the meds you have been taking – maybe, one side effect of those drugs is that they will weaken the density of the bones, which among others can lead to periodontal disease.
Grinding of the teeth
Grinding and clenching the teeth might be an involuntary action, but this can leave scars on your overall health. When you grind and clench your teeth during the night, you are putting excessive pressure upon the teeth. These teeth will wear down, and the connective tissues of the teeth will become weaker and weaker. When the periodontal tissues are damaged, the jaw bone area is exposed to certain infections, and this can bring about periodontal disease.
Patients with other systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart problems, or arthritis should also be extremely careful because their inflammatory system is much weaker. Talk openly to your dentist about such underlying health conditions, and he will know exactly how to treat the problem.