Tartar build up caused by plaque is believed to be the number one cause for gum disease, but what other risk factors are involved?

Here are a few of the other factors that could increase your risk of periodontal disease:

  • woman pulling up top lip to expose teethHeredity-genetics can play a role in the likelihood of gum disease. Those with a family history should have regular visits to try and get ahead of it.
  • Poor oral habits-poor care of teeth and gums can play a large role in developing periodontal disease.
  • Diabetes-a link between diabetes and gum disease has been found in studies.
  • Medications-Medication can be a contributor to gum disease.
  • Hormonal ChangesPregnancy, menopause and other hormonal changes could be factors in developing gum disease.
  • Age-age plays a role in developing gum disease.
  • These factors and others (substance abuse, tobacco use, poor fitting dental work, bit changes, poor nutrition, etc…) can increase your risk of periodontal disease.

Even with all of the risk factors involved, prevention is still the best way to avoid periodontitis.

Contact us today at our convenient Sidney dental office to set up your comfort cleaning and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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