Gum Disease: A Serious Condition

One of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old. At The Dental Design Center in White Plains NY, we provide treatment for gum disease.

We take gum disease very seriously. It is a leading cause of tooth loss, and is associated with health issues like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day ñ twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.

Other risk factors for gum disease include:

  • Tobacco Use: Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit!
  • Genetics: It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help.
  • Stress: Another risk factor for gum disease, stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.
  • Medications: Certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.

If you are showing any signs of gum disease at all, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know at The Dental Design Center in White Plains NY. We provide effective gum disease treatment. Patients from Scarsdale, Westchester County, and New Castle come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact The Dental Design Center – Ira J. Handschuh, D.D.S.:


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280 Dobbs Ferry Rd Ste 104
White Plains, New York