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Are you aware that advanced gum disease affects over 47% of adults over the age of 30? This can cause severe damage to your mouth and introduce major oral emergencies. It is important to be aware of the risk factors of gum disease in your life, and reduce them when you can.

Gum disease can also be called periodontal disease. It is primarily caused by a buildup of plaque on teeth. Plaque is composed of bacteria, which coalesce into a sticky film. This film can develop both above and below the gum line, and may not always be highly visible. The bacteria not only erode teeth, but they can also infect the gum tissues, resulting in gum disease.

There are many risk factors that can increase your chances of developing periodontal disease. The primary risk factor is of course poor oral hygiene. Make sure you are brushing twice a day and flossing every day. However, other factors can contribute to gum disease, such as:

-Smoking or chewing tobacco
-Crooked teeth (it can be hard to keep crooked teeth clean)
-Certain medications, including steroids, cancer therapy drugs, oral contraceptives, and some types of anti-epilepsy medicine

If you suspect gum disease at any stage, schedule an appointment–the quicker it is caught, the easier it is to reverse. To schedule an appointment in Kansas City, Missouri, call Dr. Seth Rush at 816-444-8822. Dr. Seth Rush and our team look forward to helping your whole smile!