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Gum disease is a severe but fairly common oral health condition that affects both men and women. Also known as periodontal disease, this potentially devastating condition can develop from infections occurring in the gum tissue. It can also lead to loose, drifting teeth and eventual tooth loss. We have provided a list of the risk factors for gum disease to help you determine if gum disease could be present in your future:

– Dry mouth: A condition in which your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, dry mouth can often lead to gum disease. Common causes of dry mouth include certain medications and poor eating habits.
– Genetics: A family history of gum disease can increase an individual’s likelihood of developing gum disease as much as six times, studies have shown.
– Hormones: When hormonal changes take place in the body, the risk of gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease) is heightened.
– Drug use: Frequently using drugs is a common gum disease risk factor.
– Tobacco use: Both smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to gum disease.
– Diabetes: As well as being a risk factor for gum disease, diabetes has also been linked to several other infectious diseases.
– Pregnancy: A lesser-known cause of gum disease, pregnancy nonetheless increases your risk.

We encourage you to make time to visit The Mount Pleasant Dentist and speak with our dentist if you suspect you would benefit from gum disease treatment in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Give us a call at 903-285-6369 to arrange your appointment with Dr. Jesse Taylor.