Causes of Periodontal Disease

We are happy to treat causes of periodontal disease in Bakersfield, California, so we can help our patients have a healthy and strong smile. There are many different causes of periodontitis, including genetic and environmental factors, and we are here to help with every single one of them.

Some of the causes of gum disease may include:

  • Tobacco use: Users of tobacco products have a high chance of suffering from periodontitis because of calculus buildup on teeth, significant bone loss, and deep pockets in the gums.
  • Grinding teeth: When one constantly grinds or clenches his or her teeth, the surrounding tissues that support the teeth are severely damaged. This speeds up the progression of the disease because it is aiding in the destruction of the gums that periodontitis is already causing.
  • Poor dental hygiene: When patients don’t come in for their regular checkups and they also don’t take care of their teeth at home, bacteria and calculus infect the gums and bone around the teeth. This eventually leads to gingivitis and tooth loss.
  • Medication: Many medications make people’s gums susceptible to gum disease. These drugs include heart medicines, antidepressants, steroids, and oral contraceptive pills, and they generally affect the overall condition of the teeth and gums.
  • Pregnancy or menopause: Pregnant or menopausal women need to be extremely cautious about keeping their oral health strong. Hormonal changes make the gums more sensitive and more susceptible to gum disease.
  • Genetics: Many people are susceptible to periodontitis whether they take good care of their gums and mouth or not. Gum disease can be spread genetically, and those who have periodontal disease can allow Dr. Andrew C. Dreyer to test the likelihood of becoming infected.
  • Chronic stress and poor diet: When people are stressed or eat poorly, their immune system becomes weaker in fighting bacterial infections. This gives gum disease a chance to attack and take control of your gums and bone.
  • Medical issues: Many medical issues accelerate and intensify the progression of gum disease. These conditions include, but are not limited to, respiratory disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

Call the dental practice of Andrew C. Dreyer, DDS, MS today to learn more!