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Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults here in America. In addition to losing teeth, gum disease (or as it’s formally known, periodontal disease) poses serious problems to your health if you ignore it. That huge health risk is why we want to make you aware of some of the most common risk factors that can lead to you contracting gum disease.

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 Celenza, Frank DDS, PC 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’re worried that you may be at risk for gum disease and want to get screened, please call us today at 212-327-2623 to set up an appointment.