The longer you ignore basic oral health care habits such as brushing and flossing, the greater the risk of developing gum disease. Even if your health is at a premium, the factors for developing the disease can come from all sorts of backgrounds. Periodontal gum disease can strike at any moment. Below are some of the risks, many of which are entirely hidden to our eyes:
– Medications: Many medications produce a side effect of dry mouth symptoms. The lack of saliva in a person’s mouth makes them more susceptible to gum disease.
– Genetics: Genetics play a huge role in the development of gum disease. Genetics can make individuals up to six times more likely to have symptoms of the disease.
– Poor Diet: Lack of proper nutrition can increase your risk of gum disease.
– Smoking: Smoking is considered by many dentists as one of the most significant risk factors for gum disease. Smoking also decreases treatment success rates.
– Hormones: As hormones change in women and young girls, it increases the chances for gingivitis to develop, which can lead to more serious types of gum disease.
– Diabetes: Diabetes increases the risk for many infectious diseases, including gum disease.
– Chewing Tobacco: Tobacco increases the risk of gum disease.
We may not be able to control all the risk factors for gum disease, but we can fight back. If you wish to come in for an oral exam, please make an appointment with Dr. Richard Mantoan by contacting our fantastic dental team at Southland Smiles at 708-794-4253. You can also stop by our office in Flossmoor, Illinois. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!