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As if there weren’t enough to worry about during the holiday season in regard to your smile, it is important to remember that a lingering disease known as gum disease can often occur. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can progress over a period of many years and frequently lead to severe infections to your gum tissue. To ensure your smile is safe from the effects of gum disease, avoid risk factors for gum disease.

If you continually partake in unhealthy habits such as using drugs or chewing tobacco, it will increase your risk for gum disease. In addition, smoking tobacco can produce immediate effects such as bad breath and stained teeth. Furthermore, it will put you at a severe risk for gum disease as well as a host of other risks as well.

Some forms of gum disease are not so easily preventable. With hormonal changes, specifically with women and young girls, your risk factor for gum disease can greatly increase. In addition, diabetes increases your risk for gum disease as well as genetic predispositions. Furthermore, you’re more likely to develop gum disease if an individual in your family has suffered from it.

To learn more about the risks of gum disease or to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Studio 1 Dental, call Dr. David J. Berg and our entire team at our dentist office in Sacramento, California at 916.567.0900.