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Are you taking adequate care of your teeth to ensure their long-term success? Are you taking adequate care of your gums as well? Oftentimes as we clean and care for your smile, we tend to focus on our teeth and keep the treatment of our gums at a minimum. The health of your teeth does not matter if your gums are not strong enough to hold them in your mouth. Make it your priority to balance the care you give for both your teeth and your gums.

Improve your oral health and lower your risk for gum disease. Our dentists at Werschky & Lewis Family Dentistry remind you to be aware of the following risks for gum disease:

– Treatments for various diseases, including cancer, can have an undesirable effect on your gums, potentially leading to gum disease.
– Smoking and chewing tobacco are major risk factors for gum disease. Beyond the host of other diseases that could potentially arise, smoking tobacco can directly cause gum disease and lower your chances for a successful treatment of the disease.
– Patients who suffer from diabetes are at a higher risk for infections, which includes gum disease.
– Sometimes gum disease can be caused by genetics alone. Some individuals tend to be more genetically vulnerable to gum disease than others.
– Hormonal changes in girls and women could increase their risk for gingivitis, an antecedent to gum disease. The risk is due to heightened sensitivity in your gums.
– Gum disease can be caused by saliva flow loss. Many medications cause dry mouth symptoms.

If you are suffering from gum disease, or feel you may be at risk for the disease, please contact our office at (810) 695-7120 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Werschky and Lewis at our office in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Making your mouth healthy is what we endeavor to do!