Your personal habits largely determine your risk of cavities. Most important amongst them include regular visits to the dentist. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene on a daily basis is as important.
How frequently do you visit your dentist for teeth cleaning?
How frequently do you brush your teeth?
How often do you floss your teeth?
Do you use any tobacco products or smoke?
Your personal health history impacts your risk of getting cavities. You might be at a higher risk of cavities if you have had cavities in the past. Certain medical conditions such as having a dry mouth can also make you more susceptible to cavities.
Have you or anyone amongst your parents/siblings ever had gum disease, gum infection or gingivitis?
Are any of your teeth feel lose or your gums seem to be receding from your teeth?
Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing?
Do you have diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, or had a stroke?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a set of inflammation related conditions that affect the gum tissues surrounding the teeth. There are more than 3 million annual cases of gum disease on a yearly basis in the US alone. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss. Having gum disease also increases your risk of heart disease and lung disease. Learn about the major factors that contribute to gum disease. Check if you are at risk and what you can do to reduce your risk of getting gum disease.
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