What are my chances of getting periodontitis?

If you do not practice good oral hygiene, you are at high risk for developing periodontitis -- especially as you get older. Good oral hygiene means that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly, use mouth wash, and see a dentist for regular cleaning. If you practice good oral hygiene you will be less likely to develop periodontitis.
Your risk for periodontitis (gum disease) depends on a number of factors. Certain medical conditions can increase your risk for periodontal disease, including type 1 diabetes, Down syndrome, Kindler syndrome, and Papillon-Lefevre syndrome. So-called "pregnancy gingivitis" affects most pregnant women to some degree and generally begins to surface as early as the second month of pregnancy.

If you already have gingivitis, the condition is likely to worsen during pregnancy. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. The good news is that you can lower your risk substantially by taking good care of your teeth every day and having regular dental checkups.

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