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Causes of periodontal disease can be widespread
Updated: 8/24/2012 8:00:06 PM
 

Causes of periodontal disease can be widespread  

It's not just lazy dental health habits that can lead to gum disease, but many other factors as well. While lack of access to affordable dental care can certainly cause a person to develop periodontal disease, there are other lifestyle habits and health complications that can contribute to the this condition. Recently, The Washington Times published an article by Priya Patel, D.D.S., who explained the various causes of gum disease.

First, tobacco can play a major role. According to the dentist, it is the most well-known contributor to periodontal disease because it can weaken the immune system and interfere with the body's ability to fight bacteria. Certain medications may also be to blame.

"There are numerous health complications which can result in periodontal diseases. They take a serious toll on the gums and lead to many complications. Diabetes is one of them. Diabetics are naturally vulnerable to infections. If you are diabetic and have periodontal disease then it will affect your body’s ability to heal," Patel wrote for the news source.

The American Academy of Periodontology states that genetics can also factor into the development of periodontal disease. In fact, up to 30 percent of the population may be genetically predisposed to gum disease, which is why it's important to visit the dentist regularly.

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