(HealthDay News) -- Periodontal disease, sometimes called gum disease, attacks and damages tissue called the sulcus that sits just below the gum line.
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The American Dental Association mentions these factors that increase your risk for periodontal disease:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco products.
- Having a systemic disease, such as diabetes.
- Taking certain medications, including anti-epilepsy drugs, steroids and anti-cancer drugs.
- Having crooked teeth or a bridge that doesn't fit correctly.
- Being pregnant or taking birth control pills.
- Having fillings that have become defective.
-- Diana Kohnle
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