Facebook logo
Request Request an Appointment Login Patient Login Find Us Like Us on Facebook Reviews Leave a Yelp Review Reviews Leave a Google Review Videos Watch our videos Pay Online Make Online Payment Call Map
23456 hawthorne Blvd #210 Torrance, CA 90505
Animated cell phone (310)424-3100

Are You at Risk for Gum Disease Without Knowing It?

Woman in dental chair giving thumbs up

There are many diseases that fall into the category of “silent killers”, including celiac disease, osteoporosis, colon cancer, and even diabetes. What this essentially means is these and many other conditions can be present in the body without you even realizing it, largely because they don’t carry many symptoms. While gum disease may not be necessarily lethal, it can be devastating to your oral and overall health.

If you are unaware of the risk factors associated with gum disease, you could be more likely to develop it and even have symptoms without your knowledge. At Blue Coast Dental, we want to make sure that you are fully informed on these risk factors, why those who have them are at higher risk, and why visiting a periodontist can make all the difference. In our first newsletter of 2020, we hope you take a moment to inform and protect yourself as well as schedule a visit at our office soon!

How Age Affects Your Risk

Patient showing damaged soft tissue

According to data coming from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, over 70 percent of Americans who are 65 years old and older have periodontitis. This is likely because older individuals tend to have more difficulty to practicing routine dental care, and therefore need additional attention during routine checkups and cleanings.

Tobacco Use and Medication

Carton of french fries

Tobacco may be linked to heart disease, lung disease, and cancer, but it also affects your gum tissue. If you use tobacco, you are at a much higher risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease. Studies have shown tobacco use to be one of the most significant risk factors when it comes to the development and progression of gum disease. This is mainly because tobacco contains many harmful ingredients that attack sensitive oral tissues.

Furthermore, oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and some heart medicines can affect your oral health. Some of these medications can cause dry mouth, putting you at higher risk of developing gum disease. Make sure that you have all medications updated at our office every time you visit.

Have any Questions? Contact Us

Genetics, Stress, and Teeth Grinding


If you are genetically predisposed to developing gum disease, you’re at much higher risk overall. Take note if any of your family members also suffer from the condition, particularly periodontitis.

If you experience large amounts of stress on a daily basis, it can make it more difficult for your body to fight off infection, which includes gum disease.

Lastly, If you find yourself waking up with jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, or tooth pain, it could be due to an untreated teeth grinding habit. This condition, known as bruxism, increases your risk for gum disease because it puts added stress on your supporting tissues. This accelerates the rate at which these supporting tissues are destroyed.

Poor Nutrition, Obesity and Related Diseases

Man clenching his teeth

A diet low in nutrients negatively affects the body’s immune system, making it less effective at fighting infections like gum disease. If you are obese, it may also increase your risk of periodontal disease. Finally, if you already have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis, your body may experience increased inflammation, putting you at higher risk as well.

How a Periodontist Can Help

Animated people walking along an arch

Thankfully, just because you’re at higher risk doesn’t mean you can’t stay protected. With the help of our in-house periodontist, Dr. Maria Galvan, you can catch the earliest signs of gum disease and have a dedicated specialist catering to your current care and future treatments.

If you need treatment completed, he can perform any of the following right here at Blue Coast Dental:

  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Soft Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Antibiotic Therapy
  • Gum Graft Surgery
  • Periodontal Pocket Reduction
  • Dental Crown Lengthening

If any of these risk factors apply to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. Our goal is to give you the peace of mind that you’re doing everything possible to protect your gum health, no matter what your risks may be. Give us a call and we’ll help you get started!

Read other Newsletters Learn More
Have Questions? Complete this short form and we'll get back to you quickly.