Who’s Most at Risk for Periodontal Disease?

The thing about periodontal disease, or gum disease, is that it can affect nearly anyone at certain points in their lives. The disease, which affects over 70% of adults in the United States, develops from an excess of harmful oral bacteria, which reside in everyone’s mouth. This means the building blocks of periodontal disease are already there, so to prevent it, you have to actively prevent those bacteria from infecting your gums. Today, we help make that easier by taking a look at what could make you more at-risk for periodontal disease, and how you can avoid them.

Those with poor hygiene

Your hygiene routine is comprised of the efforts you take to control harmful oral bacteria on a daily basis. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once. If you lack in this routine, then bacteria and plaque (a bacteria-made biofilm) will persistently cling to your teeth and gums, raising your risks of resulting periodontal disease.

Those who smoke/chew tobacco

Smoking and chewing tobacco is one of the greatest risk factors for periodontal disease, as well as oral cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other chronic conditions. If you quit smoking or chewing tobacco, then you can lower these heightened risks and enjoy a much healthier smile and higher quality of life.

Those who exhibit gum recession

Gum recession is the gradual pulling away of your gums from your teeth, and it can either indicate the presence of gum disease or its imminent development, if not addressed promptly. Fortunately, you may have a chance of correcting the issue with a custom-designed gum lift before oral bacteria have a chance to accumulate heavily within the periodontal pockets.

Control Your Risks of Periodontal Disease

There are several possible risk factors for periodontal disease, but by controlling them, you can reduce your chances of developing it. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.