Statistics show that about 75% of adult Americans have some form of gum disease yet a significantly know they have it or have any knowledge of the disease at all. While about 30% of people develop periodontal disease due to genetics, other factors make people more susceptible to periodontal disease as well. Below is a list of common reasons people develop gum disease.
- Lack of oral hygiene can lead to plaque formation and bacteria buildup.
- Eating too many sugary or acidic foods can increase bacteria counts in the mouth.
- Restorations such as crowns or fillings that are poorly contoured provide traps for food particles and plaque.
- Age may have an impact on the development of periodontal disease. As people age, the risk for periodontal disease increases as well as the risk for tooth loss. Studies show that by age 70, almost 90% of people will have some form of periodontal disease.
- Smoke and nicotine use increase gum inflammation and are harmful to cells and tissue.
- Certain health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease have been associated with periodontal disease.
- Certain medications and drugs may also be responsible for causing an increased likelihood of developing gum disease.
Left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and other health problems.
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