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Are you at a higher risk for gum disease and don’t know it? Are your daily habits putting your teeth and gums at risk? It’s hard to know what daily habits you may be currently partaking in that could be killing your gum tissue, but always remember that brushing and flossing daily is the first key to fighting back against bacteria in your mouth.

Listed below are some risks for gum disease, and a few tips and tricks to preventing it:

– Diabetes can increase your risk for gum disease, along with a host of other diseases.

– A poor diet will not only increase your risk for gum disease but it can also increase your risk for a host of other issues. Always maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

– Although you really cannot prevent hormonal changes, it is important to know that hormone changes in women and young girls can increase the chance for gingivitis to develop, which is an early stage of gum disease.

– Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco at all costs. Tobacco can cause gum disease, and can even lead to cancer or death.

– Various medications can increase the risk of gum disease by causing your mouth to dry easier, preventing saliva from protecting your teeth and gums. Be sure to speak with your dentist at DM Family Dentistry about what medications you may be taking.

Gum disease has many stages of severity, many of which can be reversed. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Doris Madrigal, you can call our office in Chicago, Illinois, by calling our number at 773.252.5757. Turn gum disease into a thing of the past!