January 31, 2011
Health Tip: Why Do I Have Gingivitis?
Risk factors for the gum disease
(HealthDay News) -- Gingivitis is a mild type of gum disease. Left untreated, however, it can progress to a more serious form called periodontitis.
The American Academy of Periodontology says these are risk factors for developing gingivitis:
- Practicing poor oral hygiene.
- Being malnourished.
- Being under stress.
- Being diabetic or having a systemic infection.
- Being a smoker, abusing drugs or taking certain medications.
- Undergoing hormonal changes, including during puberty or pregnancy.