Gum Disease: Who Is At Risk?

Are you under the impression that certain people are at risk for gum disease but others are not? The truth is that every single person is vulnerable to this problem. However, some are more predisposed to the development of periodontal concerns than others. Before we go any further, let’s make one important distinction: No matter your level of susceptibility, it is essential that you practice daily dental hygiene (brushing and flossing) and remain on track with preventive care at our practice (two visits annually) for good gum health. As for those other details, let’s take a stroll through some interesting facts.

Why Everyone Is At Risk

Everyone is at risk because gum disease generally forms as the result of plaque accumulation. When a patient is too laid back with his or her brushing and flossing habits, plaque builds up beneath the gumline. It then hardens. After continued contact between plaque and/or tartar and gum tissue, inflammation occurs and then infection begins. It’s simple: Brush twice a day. Make sure to floss once a day. A clean smile is a healthy smile.

How Your Family History Comes Into Play

You may wonder why two people who brush and floss with similar habits do not both necessarily develop gum disease (or develop it at the same time). The reason includes contributing risk factors, one of which is your genetic makeup. If members of your family experience periodontal problems then chances are good that you are more predisposed to developing them, too.

About That Other Stuff

There’s more involved than just your preventive habits and your DNA. Other aspects unique to who you are – your age, whether you’re male or female, your hormone levels – they can all play into whether or not you develop gum disease. Stay committed to daily care to avoid gum problems.


Our team offers our patients and their family access to comprehensive dental care, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.