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Periodontal disease is a problem among adults over 30, affecting over 40 percent of them in the United States. Many adults believe that it is normal for gums to bleed as you brush your teeth, when in reality is is often a sign of periodontal disease at some stage. You must have excellent dental hygiene to help avoid gum disease. There are, however, some people who are still more at risk for gum disease than others.

People who deal with certain diseases are more susceptible to gum disease. People with diabetes, for instance, are much more likely to have gum disease than those without diabetes. Additionally, if they do have gum disease, it is likely to be more severe. Other diseases that make you more likely to get gum disease include such diseases as rheumatoid arthritis and HIV.

For some people, grinding teeth is simply a bad habit. For others, it happens at night and is often hard to control. This condition of grinding teeth at night is called bruxism. It will not cause gum disease, but it will make it worse if your gums are already infected.

Just because you may be more at risk for getting gum disease, doesn’t mean that periodontal problems are inevitable. Impeccable oral health routines, regular cleanings and consistent appointments every 6 months will help you avoid gum disease. To schedule an appointment with our doctorss in Palm Desert, California, call Periodontics of the Desert at 760-674-4410. Dr. Warshawsky, Dr. Driver and our team are happy to help keep your gums healthy!