What increases my risk of gum disease?

The following increase your risk of developing marked plaque-associated gum disease: poor oral hygiene when a lot of plaque and large numbers of bacteria build up; smoking (which may alter your resistance to gum infection); having a poor immune system – if you have an illness which makes your immune system less effective; if you have diabetes.

Source: Dental Plaque and Gum Disease @ Patient: trusted medical information and support

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  • Gum disease – Causes @ NHS Choices

    Excerpt: As well as poor oral hygiene, a number of things can increase your risk of developing problems with your gums. These include: smoking; your age – gum disease becomes more common as you get older; a family history of gum disease; diabetes – a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar levels to become too high; a weakened immune system – for example, because of conditions such as HIV and AIDS or certain treatments, such as chemotherapy (powerful cancer-killing medication); malnutrition – a condition that occurs when a person’s diet does not contain the right amount of nutrients; stress.

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