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What are the risk factors for gum disease? There are a few more than you might think. To help you better understand what you can do to prevent gum disease, we will explain some of the basic risk factors.

First, we need to point out the true enemy. Plaque is what causes gum disease because it is made up of bunches of bacteria, who are more than happy to invade the gum tissue. Everything we list here can make it easier for them to get in.

– Forgetting to regularly brush and floss. You can clean up plaque and lower your chances of getting gum disease by properly brushing and flossing on a regular basis. The opposite is true if you do not brush and floss.

– Forgetting to get a checkup with the dentist. Some plaque can still be missed by your brush and floss, but the dentist has the means of cleaning that remainder out. If you do not go, you can put yourself at risk for gum disease.

– Not enough Vitamin C in your diet. Vitamin C is very important for your immune system. Not eating Vitamin C can rob your immune system of much needed supplies for combating things like gum disease.

– Smoking. Your immune system can also be weakened by the substances in cigarettes. Your gum tissue can be similarly affected, giving bacteria an easier way to get in.

– Teeth that are misaligned or are crowding each other. Teeth with these conditions can keep you from cleaning out enough plaque with a toothbrush and floss because they create places that are hard to reach. Orthodontic work can take care of this problem to help you gain access to those places.

If you would like more information on what you can do to prevent gum disease, or if you need our help with something, please contact Modern Dental in Springfield, Illinois. Our dentists, Drs. Morley and Hamel, are ready to assist you. Call (217) 698-3400 to get in touch and set up a visit.