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Lesser-Known Risk Factors for Gum Disease

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If bacteria-laden dental plaque is not removed from tooth surfaces, it causes infection and inflammation of the soft tissues that support teeth. Because of this, people who don’t brush and floss their teeth can end up with gingivitis and periodontitis. If left untreated, tooth loss often follows. Although most dentists will agree that it’s the most important cause of periodontal disease, bad oral hygiene isn’t the only culprit. You may not be aware of the following risk factors for gum disease, but they could compromise your future oral health.

  • Medications, including antidepressants, contraceptives, and heart medications, can negatively affect gum health and increase the risk of gum disease.
  • Smoking and tobacco use is one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease.
  • Emotional and mental stress contribute to periodontal disease risk by making it more difficult for the body to fight infections, including gingivitis and periodontitis.
  • Systemic diseases that cause inflammatory reactions are risk factors for gum disease. These illnesses include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Obesity has been linked to increased risk of periodontal disease.
  • Teeth grinding and clenching strain the supporting tissues that hold teeth in place and can speed up the progression of gum disease and destruction.
  • Genetics may be a risk factor for gum disease for some people. Genetic testing and early professional intervention can help those with genetic tendencies for gum disease keep their teeth.
  • Nutritional deficiencies caused by a poor diet affect the body’s immune system, making it difficult to fight infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
  • Studies show that more than 70 percent of people over the age of 65 have gum disease.

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