A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop periodontal disease with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing periodontal disease. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your dentist or doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.
Smoking—Smoking greatly increases your risk of developing periodontal disease.
It also greatly reduces the chance that treatments for periodontal disease will be effective.
Poor nutrition—An unhealthy diet (eg, one that is high in fat and low in vitamin C) can increase your chance of periodontal disease.
Stress—Stress can hamper your body’s ability to fight off the infection that prompts periodontal disease.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a