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You must have excellent oral hygiene to help avoid gum disease. Brush twice per day, floss once daily, and use mouthwash as necessary (talk to your dentist for recommendations). Even with all this, there are some people who are more at risk for gum disease than others. Here are a few examples:

Fluctuating hormones: Puberty, menopause and pregnancy can all increase risk for gum disease for their duration, as can any other time hormones fluctuate in your body. Diligently attend to oral hygiene habits during these periods.

Diseases:The presence of certain diseases makes certain individuals more vulnerable to periodontal disease. People with diabetes, for instance, are much more likely to have gum disease. Additionally, if they do get it, it is likely to be more severe than in non-diabetic individuals. Other diseases that make you more likely to get gum disease include (but are not limited to) rheumatoid arthritis and HIV.

Though you may be more at risk for getting gum disease, it doesn’t mean that actually getting gum disease is inevitable. Daily oral health routines, regular professional cleanings, and consistent dental appointments every 6 months will help you avoid periodontal disease. Talk to your periodontist for personalized recommendations. To schedule an appointment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, call Periodontal Consultants at 215-463-6677. Dr. Ali M Arastu and our team are happy to help keep your gums healthy.