Are You in Danger of Developing Gum Disease?
Keep your teeth and gums healthy by avoiding the most common risk factors.

Gum disease is caused by the bacteria that live in the plaque on your teeth. The best way to protect against gum disease and keep your smile healthy is to brush, floss, and schedule regular cleanings and checkups. gumdiseaseriskWhile preventative care with our periodontist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL is critical to preserving your oral health, it is also important to be aware of the risk factors associated with periodontal disease, which include:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Tobacco use
  • Medications
  • Bruxism
  • Systemic illness
  • Poor oral hygiene

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Dealing with Factors That Cannot Be Changed

Older people are more likely to suffer from gum disease, and some people are genetically more susceptible to periodontal infection. Age and heredity are not exactly factors you have control over, but this does not have to be bad news. If you fall into this category, Dr. Paul Fotek can provide you with preventative cleanings and other modalities to help you lessen your risk.

Changing the Chemistry of the Body

periorisk2Medications and tobacco can both increase your likelihood of developing gum disease, though for different reasons. Tobacco changes the oral environment, hastening the growth of plaque, while certain medications can make your gums tender and inflamed. Some medications and supplements can cause gums to bleed due to blood thinning properties or a resultant change in hormone levels. Our periodontist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL can help you discover whether your prescriptions could be contributing to gum disease.

Conditions that May Lead to Periodontal Disease

Bruxism, commonly known as grinding or clenching your teeth, can stress supportive tissue around the teeth, leaving it vulnerable to the destruction of gum disease. System illnesses may also create the right environment for periodontal disease. Having a condition like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, for example, can place you at greater risk for gum disease. Poor oral hygiene is commonly a contributing factor to gum disease, as failing to properly control bacterial growth and plaque accumulation significantly increases your susceptibility to the progressive condition.

For exceptional service and quality care, call our office in Palm Beach Gardens, FL to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Fotek and our team of skilled professionals are committed to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile with gentle periodontal treatment, implant dentistry, and preventative care.

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