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Risk Factors for Gum Disease Vernon Hills IL

More than 75 percent of adults in America have gum disease, a progressive infection that threatens the longevity of teeth and much more. Of the people who have this condition, only about 60 percent are aware of it. The reason that gum disease can go undetected so easily is that the signs of infection are typically very mild until the disease has progressed significantly. Due to the detrimental impact, this problem has on the smile and on the body, it is very important to understand the risk factors you may have for gum diseases. In Our Vernon Hills, IL dental office, Dr. Kumar Physicians/Dental experts work with patients on an individual basis to design the best treatment plan for sustained health.

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Only about 30 percent of individuals have a genetic predisposition to gum disease. This means that a large majority of cases are caused by other factors. In the oral environment alone are several risk factors. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the effects of these factors with help from your family dentist. 

  • Poor oral hygiene leads to the buildup of plaque, which harbors bacteria.
  • Acid and sugar allow oral bacteria to thrive. Acidity in the oral environment, in fact, promotes a number of unhealthy conditions.
  • Inadequate restorations that are not shaped well can actually trap debris and facilitate plaque formation.
  • Abnormalities in tooth anatomy can also trap food debris and bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease.
  • Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, pose a number of potential problems, one of which is the increased risk of gum disease. This is because the area around wisdom teeth, whether partially erupted or impacted beneath the gums, is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Wisdom teeth are one of the top causes in younger patients.

Risk factors inside the mouth are just a few of those that may increase your risk of gum disease. During a consultation with your family dentist, questions will be posed to assess additional risk factors. The more you know about them in the better you can protect yourself from this concerning dental problem. To schedule your consultation and assessment, call us in Chicago or Vernon Hills.