Last time we talked about what gum disease is and how to prevent it. This week in part 2 of The Answer to All Your Gum Disease Questions in our gum disease series, we will cover more questions that we often hear from our AquaSprings Dental patients in San Marcos, Tx. So what else can we learn?
Can I Get Gum Disease From Someone Else?
Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria. Theoretically, if one of these gum disease-causing bacteria enters your mouth, you could contract gum disease. However, even if this bacteria transfers to your mouth, you may not get gum disease. Every day, millions of bacteria enter your mouth, but good oral health habits, you can prevent disease-causing bacteria from multiplying. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, eating a good diet, visiting Dr. Aponte at AquaSprings Dental twice a year, avoiding excessive alcohol, and not smoking are all ways that you can stop disease-causing bacteria from multiplying in your mouth.
Who Is At Risk For Contracting Gum Disease?
Sugars and starches, such as bread, can sit on your teeth and eat away your tooth’s protective layer and gums. Anyone who shares saliva with those who have gum disease is at risk for developing gum disease themselves. However, mothers who have gum disease and share utensils, kisses, and drinks with their infant children put their babies at an elevated risk of developing gum disease. This is why primary care providers and pediatric dentists stress the importance of not sharing saliva with young children.
Untreated gum disease can cause tooth loss, heart problems, and other diseases. For more information about gum disease or to plan your next visits to AquaSprings Dental in San Marcos, Texas, call Dr. Aponte and her team today.