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What increases my risk for necrotizing periodontitis?

Several behaviors increase the risk for necrotizing periodontitis including tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, and a poor diet. Individuals HIV/AIDS, and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk for this serious gum disease. Existing gum or tooth infections left untreated can progress into necrotizing periodontitis. Other risk factors for this gum disease include lack of sleep, emotional stress, and certain medications.

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