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If your hands bled when you washed them, would you consider that “normal”? Probably not. But many adults consider it normal for their gums to bleed when they brush their teeth. Gum disease, also called gingivitis, affects many people. However, with correct understanding and care, it can be prevented (in most cases). Here are some common risk factors which increase your chances of getting gingivitis and other periodontal diseases.

Stress: Increased makes it hard for your body to fight infection. This damage to your immune system increases your risk for gum disease. Stress can also cause or exacerbate a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), or bruxism. Both of these conditions worsen any existing gum disease.

Bruxism: For people with bruxism, tooth grinding and jaw clenching happens when the individual is sleeping. This clenching and grinding of teeth is hard to control. Bruxism will not cause gum disease of itself, but it will make things worse if your gums are already infected.

Changing hormones: Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause all temporarily increase risk for gum disease; this can also happen any other time your hormones go up and down in your body. Dental hygiene habits should be very carefully attended to during these periods.

If you think that you have gum disease, it’s time to set an appointment! To schedule an appointment in Tampa, Florida, call Periodontal and Implant Esthetics at 813-289-3640. Dr. Gustavo Ruiz and our team look forward to seeing you!