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If you are suffering from gum disease, it is important to visit your Periodontist to inquire about the necessary treatments and procedures to restore your smile. Going forward, you need to understand you will be at an increased risk for gum disease. In addition, be aware of any aspects of your life that are causing it. To help prevent gum disease from occurring, be aware of common risk factors associated with it.

Genetic predispositions play a gigantic role in the development of gum disease. Even though there is very little you can do to help alter your genetic predispositions, you can exercise additional caution if you are at a higher risk for it. Studies have shown that genetics can make a person up to six times more likely to show symptoms of gum disease. Furthermore, diabetes, hormonal changes in your body and pregnancy can all increase your risk for gum disease.

Another common risk factor for gum disease is due to medications that produce dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition in which your body is not producing enough saliva. Because saliva is important for your oral health care, it is important to avoid dry mouth as much as possible by producing saliva through eating crunchy foods with a high water content or chewing gum after meals. Other common risk factors for gum disease include poor oral hygiene, a lack of dental visits, smoking or chewing tobacco, or poor diet.

If you require further treatment for infected gums, Dr. David Darany and our team at Periodontic & Implantology Associates can help you with your oral health care. If you would like to book an appointment with our office in Dearborn, Farmington Hlls, Wyandotte and Milford, Michigan, please call us at 248-851-1034.