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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Periodontitis Risk Factors


Posted on 4/12/2021 by Dr. Boustany
Periodontitis Risk FactorsPeriodontal disease is a gum infection that gets worse with time. If left undiagnosed or untreated, the complications of periodontitis are severe and can also lead to life-threatening consequences. While normally, periodontitis is caused due to poor oral hygiene, as in people who do not brush their teeth or floss regularly, there are other causes of periodontitis as well. Here, we are going to take a look at some of the most common factors that can increase your chances of developing periodontitis.

Smoking


There are many health dangers that have been linked to smoking – periodontitis is one that you can also add to the list. It has been found that those who smoke regularly are at a higher risk of developing gum disease over time. Research has also revealed that the effectiveness of medication used to treat periodontitis is also weakened if the person is a smoker. Since smoking can speed up the harmful effects of periodontitis, it can result in the loosening and eventual loss of your teeth a lot quicker as compared to those who do not smoke.

Diabetes


Diabetes is known as a silent killer, and for good reason. Research indicates that those who are living with diabetes are more likely to develop oral infections as well as periodontitis as compared to those who do not have diabetes. This is the reason why it is important to live a stress-free life and stay away from sugary foods and beverages.

Aids and Cancer


People who have an underlying disease such as cancer or AIDS are more likely to get gum disease as well. This is mainly due to the fact that the medications that are used for the treatment of severe underlying conditions tend to weaken the immune system, resulting in the buildup of plaque and tartar between the teeth and gums. Over time, this results in gum disease and the loss of teeth.

The reason for periodontitis may also be genetic. To find out if you are at risk of getting periodontitis, contact Dr. Chad Boustany and at Revive Dental and Implant Center today. We are always ready to answer your questions, so call us at (304) 467-4265 to schedule your appointment.
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