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What Causes Poor Gum Health?

What Causes Poor Gum Health?

What Causes Poor Gum Health?

To have the healthiest smile possible, it’s important to have healthy gums. That can be a challenge for a variety of reasons. Thankfully our Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry dental practice in San Ramon near Plesanton offers the latest restorative dentistry treatments that help address periodontal disease and gum recession.

When it comes to the overall health and beauty of the smile, the importance of gum health cannot be overstated. The gums help support the teeth and protect the roots from decay. Poor gum health increases the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss. Although treatments are available, preventing dental damage and protecting gum health is always the best course of action. Of course, prevention is always the best policy.

Find out how to protect the gums and your smile as we discuss the causes of poor gum health. If you live in or around San Ramon, CA and would like to learn more about gum health, schedule a consultation with our team today.

What Causes Poor Gum Health in San Ramon, CA?

Poor gum health has an impact on overall oral health, increasing the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss. When it comes to gum health, gum disease is one of the biggest threats. Gum disease is most commonly recognized by bleeding gums when brushing and flossing and, if left untreated, can spread to the jawbone. Fortunately, there are ways to protect gum health. The first step is understanding the causes of poor gum health, which include:

#1 Poor Oral Hygiene

Neglecting oral hygiene is one of the leading causes of poor gum health. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, you put your teeth and gums at serious risk. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once a night. Ideally you should consider brushing and flossing after every meal.

#2 Aggressive Brushing and Flossing

Flossing is so important to gum health it deserves to be mentioned again. When you brush and floss in an aggressive manner, this can do a lot of harm to the gums as well as your teeth. To prevent gum recession from trauma, be sure to brush gently with a soft-bristled tooth brush and floss with care. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria from between the teeth and along the gum line where brushing alone often misses, making it one of the best ways to prevent gum disease.

#3 Use of Tobacco Products

Cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco can increase your risk of lung disease, heart disease, and cancer. These substances can also increase your risk of experiencing gum recession and gum disease. Consider these facts just another good reason to quit.

#4 Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding can lead to tooth fractures of varying degrees. This clenching and gnashing of the teeth can also place stress on the gums and make gum recession more likely. Speak with your San Ramon periodontist Dr. Janice Kaeley if you suspect you suffer from teeth grinding.

#5 Crooked Teeth (Malocclusion)

Crooked teeth can lead to an increased risk of teeth grinding as well as excessive stress on part of the mouth, leading to gum recession. Orthodontic treatment is generally your best option for addressing these sorts of issues.

#6 Diets High in Carbohydrates and Sugars:

A diet that’s full of junk food and soda means cavities and gum disease more likely. Since you are what you eat, consider a diet that’s rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, and try to avoid soda since it can have multiple negative effects on your dental and general health. Starchy foods high in carbohydrates stick to the teeth and contribute to plaque; the bacteria found in plaque thrive on sugar. This increases the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

#7 Medication Side Effects

Certain medications can cause dry mouth, which makes a number of dental health problems more likely, such as gum disease and recession. Be sure to discuss all side effects with your doctor and to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated and fight dry mouth.

#8 Diabetes

People with diabetes are more likely to suffer from infections, including gum disease. Because of this, it’s important for diabetics to eat right, monitor their blood sugar, and keep their diabetes under control at all times. Diabetes impacts the body’s ability to fight infection, putting diabetics at greater risk of developing gum disease than those without diabetes.

#9 Changes in Hormones

Hormonal imbalances can lead to periodontal health challenges, with gum disease more likely in adolescence as well as during a woman’s cycle, pregnancy, and menopause. Since these imbalances are often unavoidable, the best option is to practice good oral hygiene at all times.

#10 Genetics and Family History

Some people are simply more likely to experience gum disease and tooth decay because of their genes. While it can be challenging, these patients can prevent cavities and periodontal problems with diligent oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. Those with a family history of gum health issues, including gum disease or gum recession, may be genetically more likely to develop gum health problems.

How Can You Protect Gum Health?

Protecting gum health is simple but requires daily maintenance. If you have diabetes or a family history of gum health problems, it’s particularly important to be diligent about caring for your gums and teeth. You can protect your smile by practicing the following tips:

  • Brush at least twice a day, but preferably after meals, for a full two minutes each brushing.
  • Floss daily, making sure to floss along each side of each tooth and as far along the gum line as possible.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and light pressure when brushing the teeth
  • See your dentists every six months for a checkup and cleaning
  • Limit foods high in sugar and carbohydrates
  • Don’t smoke
  • Keep diabetes and blood sugar levels under control


If you are interested in getting dental implants, the next best step for you to take is to schedule a All-On-4 Dental Implants Consultation with Dr. Kaeley by calling (925) 860-7071. During this appointment, Dr. Kaeley will perform a full oral examination to determine whether or not any preliminary procedures need to take place before your dental implants can be inserted, explain the dental implants procedure to you and answer all your questions.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To Schedule An Appointment with Dr. Kaeley contact our San Ramon, CA, dental office today by calling (925) 860-7071. Our office welcomes new patients in and around San Ramon, CA, including Dublin, Pleasanton, Danville, Blackhawk, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Castro Valley, Pleasant Hill and the surrounding Contra Costa County communities.


Dr Kaeley

Dr. Janice Kaeley, a periodontist, is committed to providing the highest level of care with compassion and understanding for every patient. Dr. Kaeley is delighted to provide the most current periodontal procedures to the community of San Ramon. From the moment you meet her, Dr. Kaeley’s passion for dentistry is evident. She takes the time necessary to educate her patients and help each patient find the right path of treatment for them based on all relevant clinical findings.

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