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Have you looked for any signs and symptoms of gum disease or are you putting yourself at an increased risk for the condition? Did you know that gum disease is a gum tissue infection that progresses over a period of several years? To help combat gum disease, analyze your lifestyle habits and eliminate those that place you at an increased risk for the condition.

Are you aware of the risk factors for gum disease and what you can do to help prevent it? If you feel you’re at an increased risk of gum disease, it is important to assess potential risk factors in your life and eliminate them as needed. For example, if you’re involved in any bad habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco or using drugs, you will be at an increased risk for the condition. Similarly, using medications that produce dry mouth, a lack of proper nutrition, poor oral hygiene habits and a failure to visit our dentists generally increase your risk. Be aware though, some key aspects and risk factors of the disease are more difficult to avoid. Hormonal changes in your body, a pregnancy, the existence of diabetes and genetic markers can also increase your risk.

With periodontal care and the skilled expertise of our team at Northwest Center for Prosthodontics, we can make sure you receive the oral health care you need to help treat gum disease. Dr. Lawton, Dr. Manchester and our team can be reached by calling us at 360-459-4400 to schedule an appointment to visit us at our office in Olympia, Washington.