The Risk Factors for Gum Disease

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Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and structures that surround and support the teeth. In the early stages, gum disease manifests with gums that bleed easily, especially when you brush and floss. This infection is caused by the bacteria from plaque, but there are certain factors that can increase your risk for gum disease, including:

– Stress – Stress weakens the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infection, including gum disease.

– Certain medications – Some types of medication can cause dry mouth. With the lack of saliva, plaque, which can cause gum disease, is more likely to form.

– Fluctuating Hormones – When hormones go up or down in the body, changes are more likely in the mouth. Because of this, puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can increase the risk for gum disease.

– Diseases – Some diseases put one at a higher risk of gum disease. For instance, people with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease than people without diabetes. Other diseases that increase risk include rheumatoid arthritis and HIV.

We welcome you to contact Mountain Perio at (828) 693-7533 today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Dr. Glenn Shefter and our team are proud to provide treatment for gum disease for those in need.