Gum disease, which is perhaps the most common dental condition we treat, affects about half of the total percentage of adults in the U.S. While much of what causes gum disease comes down to which food selections we make, there are also multiple risk factors you should be cognizant of. Here are a few you can review.
The most obvious factor that will make you vulnerable for gum disease is poor dental hygiene. If you are not brushing your pearly whites twice per day and flossing at least one time per day (and visiting our office often), the food left in your oral cavity after you eat will decay and lead to gum disease. Make sure you are brushing regularly! If you smoke or chew tobacco, you will be at an increased risk for gum disease. For many reasons, including higher-than-usual amounts of food intake, expectant women are at an increased risk for gum disease. Other risk factors for gum disease include diabetes and some varieties of medicines which diminish the amount of saliva production.
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