Patient Education

Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease

- Poor Oral Hygiene: Plaque remaining on the teeth can lead to periodontal infections.
- Smoking and Use of Tobacco: Raise your chances of getting severe forms of the disease and may limit success of treatment Smokers heal at a rate 72% slower than non-mokers (Swedish Study).
- Pregnancy: Changes in hormone levels may make the gums more sensitive to plaque.
- Stress: Makes it hard for the body to fight off infection.
- Medications: Some drugs, such as birth control pills, antidepressants, heart medicines, seizure medicines, and cancer drugs may affect your gums.
- Clenching or grinding your teeth: Puts extra force on the supporting tissues and could speed up the disease.
- Diseases: Some diseases like diabetes and AIDS make you more prone to infection and may make periodontal diseases more severe.
- Poor Diet: Can make it harder for the body to fight infection.
- Poorly fitting Crowns or Aging Fillings: Raise the chances of retaining plaque.

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Dr. Marc Gordon is a dentist providing dental procedures such as dental implants and periodontal treatment in Howell, NJ, Eatontown, NJ and New York, NY.
Dr. Marc Gordon is licensed as a Periodontist in the states of New Jersey and New York.