Certain groups are more at risk of developing dental diseases
These people need to visit their best dentist more regularly to help avoid problems developing. High risk groups include people who smoke, diabetics, people whose immune system is weakened, including those people with AIDS or HIV, people who already have gum disease, and those people whose teeth may be more susceptible to developing cavities or a buildup of plaque. Inform your dentist if you are pregnant, as there is a link between pregnancy and oral health, and you may need extra dental care to ensure you don’t develop dental diseases.
Smokers are far more likely to develop periodontal disease or other dental diseases, as smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal itself, as less nutrients are able to get to the gum tissues and teeth. If you are a smoker and you need certain types of dental treatments, your best dentist may recommend that you quit for at least a few days to allow your body to heal properly.
Diabetes compromises the immune system, and this systemic disease increases the chances of suffering from advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also makes it more difficult for diabetics to regulate their blood sugar levels. AIDS and HIV also compromise the immune system, increasing the susceptibility to dental disease.
Already have dental diseases?
People who already have gum disease need careful monitoring, as advanced periodontal disease is often a chronic condition which cannot be cured due to the damage already done. If you fall into this category then your best dentist will need to see you at very regular intervals, and it is vitally important for your oral and general health that you don’t put off those appointments. Some people are simply more susceptible towards developing dental diseases, and occasionally this may be genetic. Talk to your dentist if you have a family history of disease and tooth loss, as they may recommend genetic testing.
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