Gum Disease Risk Factors

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You’ve likely heard of gum disease, an oral infection that attacks the gums and bone that surround and support your teeth. Did you know that some people are more at risk for gum disease than others? Dr. Rai and our team are happy to share the risk factors with you.

Risks for Gum Disease
Bacteria and plaque are the main causes of gum disease, but other factors, including the ones below, can heighten your risk for gum disease or make gum disease worse.

Genes – Some people have a family history of gum disease, so their genes make them more at risk. However, even people whose genes put them at risk can prevent or control gum disease with good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.
Misaligned or crowded teeth – Having crooked or crowded teeth makes it difficult to properly brush and floss. Because of this, plaque can be missed in the mouth, so gum disease is more likely. Having orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth can give you a better chance of preventing gum disease.

Braces or Dental Bridge – It can be difficult to brush and floss sufficiently if you are wearing braces of a dental bridge. Ask us how to properly brush and floss with these appliances. We can show you how to thread floss and to clean your bridge properly.
Smoking or chewing tobacco use – Using tobacco products increases the risk of gum disease and makes gum disease more severe. The choice to stop smoking is your own.

We invite you to contact Rai Family Dentistry at 540-657-0867 today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Stafford, VA.