Periodontal (gum) disease affects millions of individuals from all walks of life. This is why properly caring for our teeth and visiting the dentist on a regular basis are so crucial.

However, it is just as important to appreciate some factors that may increase your chances of developing this condition. Here are three examples:

  • Those who smoke or use chewing tobacco are at a higher risk.
  • Genetics can play a role, particularly a predisposition to diabetes.
  • Taking certain medications may lead to dry mouth.

"Having a family history of gum disease may make you more likely to get the condition."

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