It is me again and I must quickly add- still quite enthusiastic about gums!
I really appreciate you stopping by at our practice blog.
In my last post I focused primarily on how we can identify any red flags that may point to the presence of gum disease.
In this blog we are looking at ‘who can get gum disease.’
We had established in the previous post that gum disease is caused primarily by bacteria in plaque and if not removed properly through effective brushing and interdental cleaning it will lead to gum disease.
However, there are some risk factors associated with gum disease.
Most people can get a mild form of gum disease known as gingivitis, but some people are more susceptible to more aggressive forms of the disease.
Severe gum disease especially if it occurs at a young age can run in families.
There are a few factors that put people at a higher risk of developing gum disease.
- Diabetes especially if poorly controlled
- Smoking (possibly including e-cigarettes)
- Poor diet lacking in Minerals and vitamins.
- Certain medications
If any of the above applies to you, please book an appointment, and speak to one of our dentists so that you can be given the appropriate advice.
In my next post I will delve into more details about the link between some medical conditions and some medications on gum disease.
Thanks again for stopping by!