(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
- Being pregnant or taking birth control pills.
- Having fillings that have become defective.
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