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Did you know that periodontal disease – or as it’s commonly referred to, gum disease – is the most common cause of tooth loss in American adults?

There are a lot of things that go into someone contracting gum disease, but today we’re going to go over some of the most common risk factors.

It’s hereditary

A lot of people don’t know this, but if someone else in your family has suffered from gum disease at any point in their lives, you’re also at risk for contracting it. Even if you have a great oral health regimen, you can still contract periodontal disease. That’s why regular checkups here at Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C. are a must if you have a family history of gum disease.

Poor oral health

If you never floss, rarely see your dentist, and allow plaque to build up around your gum line, you’re putting yourself in a position of huge risk to contract gum disease.

A strict oral health regimen is key to not only keeping healthy teeth, but also ensuring the health of your gums.

Tobacco use

Using tobacco isn’t just a risk for your lungs – it also destroys the health of your gums and teeth. If you have any kind of tobacco use, you’re at risk for contracting periodontal disease, and you should quit immediately.

If you have any other questions regarding gum disease, don’t hesitate to call us at 970-945-9119 today. We’re more than happy to answer any and all of your questions.