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In order to ensure your smile has the greatest chance of oral health care success, it is important to limit any dental damage or tooth hazards that can arise. In addition, always look for signs and symptoms that periodontal disease, also frequently known as gum disease, is not plaguing your smile.

If you have a family history of gum disease, you will be at an increased risk. In fact, genetics can severely influence your risk for the disease, to the point that you can be up to six times more likely to develop it. In addition, hormonal changes within your body can also increase your risk of gum disease. However, there are numerous ways to help improve your life and lower your risk for gum disease.

If you are involved in any unhealthy habits such as chewing or smoking tobacco, you should quit them immediately. In addition, drug use has been proven to greatly increase your risk for gum disease as well as a host of other ailments. Furthermore, the presence of diabetes, medications that have dry mouth as a side effect, a poor diet, and pregnancy can all heavily influence your risk for gum disease.

If you would like to learn more about the risk factors for gum disease, schedule a visit with Dorsey W. Baker, by contacting us at our dentist office in Glendale, Arizona. Our number is 602-942-0623. Dr. Dorsey W. Baker and our entire team look forward to your visit.