Why You May Be at a Higher Risk for Gum Disease

Gum disease weakens the ligaments around your teeth and is one of the main causes of tooth loss for older adults. Gum disease is easier to treat when diagnosed at an early stage and is why regular appointments with your dentist are important.

Key takeaways:

  • Smoking is a major risk factor for gum disease, and is likely to progress further as tobacco can negatively affect the immune system.
  • You are more likely to be genetically predisposed to developing gum disease if there is a history of the condition in your family.
  • High blood sugar levels that can lead to more plaque and an impacted immune system can see those with diabetes more at risk from gum disease.

“Smoking and chewing tobacco can irritate the gum tissue and also restrict blood supply to the gums, which can cause symptoms of gum disease to go unnoticed in smokers and people who chew tobacco.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.