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Did you know that a severe infection within your gums can often linger in your mouth for a period of many years before you may realize it has been doing damage to your mouth? Periodontal disease, also frequently referred to as gum disease, can go through many stages, including gingivitis, before treatment is ever sought out. However, there are numerous factors that can increase your risk for gum disease that needs to be prevented.

Numerous lifestyle choices and habits you partake in can greatly influence your risk for gum disease. Unpleasant habits such as drug use, smoking or chewing tobacco, or an unhealthy diet can greatly increase your risk for numerous oral health ailments. They can also directly lead to and cause gum disease. In addition, the medications you are taking may come with a nasty side effect of dry mouth, which will lower saliva content and increase your risk of tooth decay.

Not all lifestyle choices are necessarily bad though. Expected hormonal changes for women and young girls, as well as pregnancy, can increase your risk for gum disease. In addition, genetics and a family history also play a key role in the presence of the disease if you’re genetically predisposed to it.

For more advice about the risk factors for gum disease, or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Bradley Bath and our team at our dentist office in Evansville, Indiana, please contact Cross Pointe Dental at 812-476-6064.