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Gum Conditions

Gum Disease Risk Factors

There are a series of factors that increase your risk of developing gum disease. From age to life style habits, here are the for most common risk factors.

Age

The older you are, the higher your chances of getting gum disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that over 68percent of Americans 65 and older have gum disease.

Smoking and tobacco use

This is a twofold problem. The first problem is that smokers with gum disease tend to lose bone up to three times faster than nonsmokers do. The second problem is that smokers do not respond as well to gum disease treatments.

Clenching or grinding teeth

The excessive force this process exerts on teeth also speeds up the rate at which the tissue supporting the teeth is destroyed.

Stress

We are all under some type of stress. Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.


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