Everyone can benefit from daily brushing and flossing, having a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use, and having regular dental checkups. These practices will help you to have good oral health. However, certain groups of people have unique concerns when it comes to oral health. Dr. Jack Schwarcz is pleased to offer tips for your oral health in Center Line, Michigan.
Children & Teens
Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, is common in children and teens. The signs of gingivitis include swollen, red, tender, or bleeding gums. Gum sensitivity may increase during puberty because of hormonal fluctuations. This leaves teens at a greater risk of gum disease. Good home care and regular professional cleanings can prevent and treat gingivitis. Help your child establish good habits early that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Women are more susceptible to gum disease than men during certain times of life because they have stages of increased and fluctuating hormones. During pregnancy, menstruation, and puberty, fluctuating hormones alter the reaction of the gums to things like plaque. This makes red, swollen, tender gums more likely. Strictly maintaining proper dental hygiene and scheduling professional cleanings will help during these times.
Older people have the highest risk of gum disease and need to do more to maintain good oral health. Older adults often take medications that come with side effects like dry mouth, changes in soft tissue, or altered tastes. Arthritis or other mobility issues can make brushing and flossing more difficult. Let us know of any medications or mobility problems that may be affecting your oral health. If you have dental implants, dentures, or bridges, it is important to retain the same level of care that you would with your natural teeth.
Smokers & Tobacco Users
Smokers and tobacco users are at an increased risk of oral issues, like decay, tooth loss, mouth sores, and oral cancer. The chemicals in tobacco slow the healing process, so periodontal treatments are less effective on patients who smoke. Smoking and tobacco use are also major risk factors in the development of periodontal disease.
Contact Eastside Periodontics today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our periodontist.