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Risk Factors for Gum Disease

Risk Factors for Gum Disease

Risk Factors for Gum DiseaseGum disease has been linked to several risk factors besides plaque accumulation. Here is a list of risk factors that can predispose you to this condition.

Tobacco Use

Use of cigarettes and chewing tobacco is associated with nearly every ailment, and gum disease is no exception. To avoid gum disease, avoid tobacco in all of its forms.


Periodontal disease risk rises with age. As you grow older, take extra care to control lifestyle factors that may be harmful to your gums.


Stress lowers immunity and raises risks of many diseases, including gum disease. Be sure to include relaxation in your daily routine to cut your risk of developing gum disease.


Studies have shown that gum disease risk may be related to heredity. If you have family members with gum disease, you may have trouble avoiding the condition even if you take steps to lower your risk.

Teeth Grinding

Grinding or clenching your teeth can strain the tissues that support your teeth. To avoid damaging these tissues, cut down on teeth grinding by using stress management techniques and wearing a mouthpiece at night.


Good nutrition is essential for keeping the gums healthy. To avoid malnutrition, eat a balanced and varied diet that contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

Prescription Drugs

Gum disease risk can be increased by certain antidepressants, birth control pills, heart medications and ADHD drugs. If you are at high risk of gum disease, ask our Culver City dentist if there are alternative medications that will not affect your gums.

Other Diseases

Systemic illness often increase inflammation, raising gum disease risk. If you have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease, seek treatment to help support the health of your gums.


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