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Keep your teeth for life…care for your gums
In addition to following a constant oral care regime such as brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day, part of your treatment plan may involve you giving up various vices such as smoking. We all know that smoking is dangerous, and it is even more so due to the fact that it increases the risk of periodontitis. You will also need to:
- Monitor your mouth situation if you suffer from diabetes or other illnesses such as immune disorders which will put you at higher risk of infection
- Stop your mouth-breathing as saliva protects the teeth from harmful infections
- Be wary of medications that cause abnormal growths or reduce saliva production
These are the factors which you are in control of, although there are a few others which are pre-determined such as genetic susceptibility and hormonal changes which is most common in women and young girls.
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It is possible to experience a loss of taste or a dullness of taste due to gum disease. Gum disease is often caused by a lack of dental health and habits like smoking, and one of the impacts is on your ability to taste food. Not being able to taste foods can also be due to severe decay, abscesses, a lack of saliva in your mouth or improperly fitted dental prosthetics.