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Risk Factors for Periodontitis

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Office
Risk Factors for PeriodontitisThe main cause of periodontitis is plaque and tartar buildup which comes about because of poor oral hygiene. However, there are other factors that play a role in the health of your gums. The following are some of the common risk factors for periodontitis.


Research has shown that older people are more likely to have periodontitis, with the CDC stating that at least 70% of Americans who are 65 years or older suffer from the disease. However, higher levels of periodontal destruction are seen with increasing age because of cumulative damage, not because of increased damage during old age.


Unfortunately, periodontitis can be genetic, with some individuals more likely to develop it than others. Early intervention is required to prevent severe gum disease and the complications that come along with it.

Tobacco Use

Smoking and tobacco use aren't just bad for your lungs – they can also affect oral health. Smoking and other forms of tobacco use have been shown to be linked. Smoking can both, cause and worsen gum disease, and results in bone loss and tooth decay.


Diabetes has been linked to gingivitis, attachment loss, and bone loss. Gum disease can increase blood sugar and complications, which then affects oral health. Diabetes, therefore, has a two-way relationship with periodontitis, and needs to be managed carefully in order to maintain good oral health.


Individuals who are stressed may not maintain good oral hygiene, which may lead to gum disease. Additionally, stress weakens the body's immune system, which makes it harder for the body to fight off infection. Occurrence of gum disease worsens with stress.

The best way to avoid severe gum disease is catching it early and taking preventative measures. As such, regular checkups with a dentist are essential – at Joshua Austin, DDS MAGD FACD, Joshua Austin, DDS MAGD FACD and can discuss your medical history with you and screen you for periodontitis regularly. Contact us at (210) 408-7999 to make an appointment.
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