Are You At Risk for Gum Disease?


A 30-year old man recently visited us for a personal consultation here at our Houston dental practice complaining of chronic bleeding gums. Upon examination, swelling is also apparent along the gum line.  An individualized treatment plan was formulated right away to correct the problem. So what exactly puts you at risk for gum disease?

The following factors can increase your risk of gum disease:

  • Age – The older you are, the greater chances of acquiring gum disease.
  • Tobacco use, particularly smoking
  • Genetics – It looks like gum disease runs in families thus the need for you see us if gum disease is a recurring problem amongst family members and relatives
  • Pregnancy, menopause, or use of contraceptives can result to hormonal shifts which in turn could result to signs of gum disease
  • Use of certain medications such as antidepressants, calcium-channel blockers, and cancer therapy drugs
  • Chronic exposure to stress
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Presence of underlying diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cardiovascular problems

The sooner you treat gum disease, the greater your chances of having it treated with non-surgical options rather than the ones that involve extensive surgery. So don’t wait for the symptoms of advanced gum disease to materialize. Call us at (713) 330-7700 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

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