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What increases my risk for aggressive periodontitis?

An association between specific chromosomes and predisposition for aggressive periodontitis indicates that some individuals are genetically more susceptible to the condition. This genetic predisposition is more prevalent in individuals of African descent than in individuals of Caucasian or Hispanic descent. Other risk factors for aggressive periodontitis include the following:

  • inadequate oral hygiene;
  • consumption of sugary and acidic foods;
  • female hormones;
  • certain diseases;
  • use of nicotine and smoking;
  • vitamin C deficiency.

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