Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious dental problems. That's why it's important to recognize the risk factors.

Mouthhealthy.org mentions these typical contributors to gum disease:

  • Practicing poor dental hygiene.
  • Chewing tobacco or smoking.
  • Having a genetic predisposition toward gum disease.
  • Having crooked teeth that are difficult to keep clean.
  • Having diabetes.
  • Taking certain calcium channel blockers, oral contraceptives, steroid drugs or some medications used to treat epilepsy and cancer.
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