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Health Tip: Am I at Risk for Gum Disease?

Health Tip: Am I at Risk for Gum Disease?

03/20/12

(HealthDay News) -- Periodontal disease, sometimes called gum disease, attacks and damages tissue called the sulcus that sits just below the gum line.

The American Dental Association mentions these factors that increase your risk for periodontal disease:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco products.
  • Having a systemic disease, such as diabetes.
  • Taking certain medications, including anti-epilepsy drugs, steroids and anti-cancer drugs.
  • Having crooked teeth or a bridge that doesn't fit correctly.
  • Being pregnant or taking birth control pills.
  • Having fillings that have become defective.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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