Risk Factors for Gum Disease

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Gum disease, which may be the most common dental disease we treat, affects about half of the total percentage of adults in the United States. While much of what causes gum disease comes down to which food choices we make, there are also a number of risk factors you should be aware of. Here are some you can review.

The most obvious factor that will make you vulnerable for gum disease is poor oral hygiene. If you are not brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing at least once per day (as well as visiting our office often), the debris left in your mouth after you consume a meal will decay and lead to gum disease. Make sure that you’re brushing regularly! If you smoke or chew tobacco, you will be at an advanced risk for gum disease. For a number of reasons, including higher amounts of food intake, women having children are at an amplified risk for gum disease. Other risk factors for gum disease include diabetes and certain kinds of medicines which decrease the amount of saliva formation.