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Advanced gum disease currently affects more than 47% of adults over the age of 30. It is important to be aware of the risk factors of gum disease in your life.


Gum disease is also called periodontal disease; it is primarily caused by a buildup of plaque on teeth. Plaque is comprised of living bacteria, which combine into a sticky film. This film can develop both above and below the gum line, which means that sometimes it won’t be visible. The bacteria in the plaque not only erode teeth, but they can also infect the gum tissues. This results in gum disease.


There are many risk factors that increase your chances of developing periodontal disease. The primary risk factor is poor oral hygiene. However, other factors can make a difference, such as:




-Crooked teeth (these can be hard to keep clean)

-Certain medications, which can include: steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy medicine, cancer therapy drugs, and oral contraceptives

-Smoking or chewing tobacco



If you suspect gum disease at any stage, schedule an appointment with your dentist. To schedule an appointment in Hendersonville, North Carolina, call Mountain Perio at (828) 693-7533. Dr. Glenn Shefter and our team look forward to helping your whole smile stay healthy and strong!