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Did you know that advanced gum disease affects over 47% of adults over the age of 30? Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other major oral emergencies. It is important to be aware of the risk factors of gum disease.

 

Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. It is primarily caused by a buildup of plaque on teeth. Plaque is comprised of bacteria which live in your mouth. These combine into a sticky film. This film can develop both above and below the gum line, so it may not be visible. The bacteria not only erode teeth above and below the gum line, but they can also infect the gum tissues themselves. This can result in periodontal disease.

 

There are many risk factors that increase your chances of developing gum disease; the primary risk factor is, of course, poor oral hygiene. However, other factors can make a difference, such as:

 

-Crooked teeth (because they can be hard to keep clean)

-Smoking or chewing tobacco

-Diabetes

-Pregnancy

-Certain medications, which can include steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy medicine, cancer therapy drugs, and oral contraceptives

-Genetics

 

If you suspect gum disease at any stage, schedule an appointment with your dentist. To schedule an appointment in Tampa, Florida, call Periodontal and Implant Esthetics at 813-289-3640. Dr. Gustavo Ruiz and our team look forward to helping your whole smile stay strong!