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Studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease.

Systemic diseases

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, which interfere with the body’s inflammatory system may worsen the condition of the gums

Poor nutrition and obesity

Compromise the body’s immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection. Because periodontal disease begins as an infection, poor nutrition can worsen the condition of your gums


Oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines, can affect your oral health.

Stress is a risk factor for periodontal disease. Research demonstrates that stress can make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection, including periodontal diseases.

Clenching or grinding your teeth can put excess force on the supporting tissues of the teeth and could speed up the rate at which these periodontal tissues are destroyed.

Genetics risk, research has indicated that some people may be genetically susceptible to gum disease. Despite aggressive oral care habits, these people may be more likely to develop periodontal disease.

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