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Advanced gum disease affects over 47% of adults over the age of 30 in the United States. It is important to be aware of the risk factors of gum disease, and see how you can reduce them in your own life.


Gum disease is also called periodontal disease. The disease is primarily caused by a buildup of plaque on teeth and gums. Plaque is made of living bacteria, which combine into a sticky film. This film can develop both above and below the gum line and is not always very visible. The bacteria erode teeth. They can also infect the gum tissues, resulting in gum disease.


There are many risk factors that can increase your chances of developing periodontal disease. The primary risk factor is poor oral hygiene; removing plaque through brushing and flossing daily is extremely important. However, other factors can play into the development of gum disease, such as:



-Smoking or chewing tobacco

-Crooked teeth


-Particular medications, including steroids, some types of anti-epilepsy medicine, cancer therapy drugs, and oral contraceptives



For more information, call David E. Pearson DMD PC in Lawrenceville, Georgia, at 770.995.9051.  If you suspect gum disease at any stage, schedule an appointment with us. The sooner gum disease is caught, the sooner it can be treated. Dr. David E. Pearson and our team look forward to helping your whole smile stay healthy!