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Periodontal disease is a problem among adults. Many adults believe that it is normal for gums to bleed as you brush your teeth. This is not the case. You must have excellent dental hygiene to help avoid gum disease. There are, however, some people who are more at risk for gum disease than others. Here are a few examples:

Fluctuating hormones: Pregnancy, menopause and puberty can all temporarily increase risk for gum disease, as can any other time hormones fluctuate in your body. Dental hygiene habits should be very carefully attended to during these periods.

Genetics: Some people are born more prone to gum disease than other people. It is important to note that this does not make gum disease inevitable—with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, you can still prevent gum disease.

Diseases: Individuals who have certain diseases are more prone to get gum 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. Other diseases that make you more susceptible to gum disease include but are not limited to rheumatoid arthritis and HIV.

Just because you may be more at risk for getting gum disease, it doesn’t mean that it is inevitable. Impeccable oral health routines, regular cleanings and consistent appointments every 6 months will help you avoid periodontal disease. Talk to your periodontists for personalized recommendations. To schedule an appointment in Lexington, Kentucky, call Bluegrass Periodontics at 859-252-7726. Dr. Neuman, Dr. Neuman, and our team are happy to help keep your gums healthy.