Gum Disease Risk Factors

by AAP (American Academy of Periodontology The main cause of periodontal (gum) disease is plaque, but other factors affect the health of your gums. Age Studies indicate that older people have the highest rates of periodontal disease. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that over 70% of Americans 65 and older have periodontitis. Smoking/Tobacco Use Tobacco use is linked with many serious illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and heart disease, as well as numerous other health problems. Tobacco users also...