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Periodontal disease is typical but serious problem among adults, with advanced gum disease affecting over 40 percent of adults over 30 in the United States. You must have excellent oral hygiene to help avoid gum disease. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once a day. Use mouthwash as needed (ask your dentist for recommendations).

There are, however, some people who are more at risk for gum disease than others. Pregnancy, menopause and puberty can all temporarily increase risk for periodontal problems, as can any other time hormones fluctuate in your body. Dental hygiene habits should be diligently attended to during these periods.

Certain diseases make some people more prone to getting gum disease. People with diabetes, for instance, are statistically more likely to have gum disease. Additionally, if they do get gum disease, it is likely to be more severe than in other, non-diabetic individuals. Other diseases that make you more susceptible to gum disease include rheumatoid arthritis and HIV.

Just because you may be more at risk for getting gum disease, it doesn’t mean that getting gum disease is inevitable. Exceptional oral health routines, regular professional cleanings, and dentist appointments every 6 months will help you avoid periodontal disease. Talk to our doctor for personalized recommendations. To schedule an appointment in Idaho Falls, Idaho, call our office at 208.524.3400. Dr. Jason M. Peterson and our team are happy to help keep your gums healthy.