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Dentist in Ottawa explains the risk factors of gum disease

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, visiting the dentist regularly, and keeping a healthy diet are three ways to keep gum disease at bay. The best medicine is always prevention. Patient education also goes a long way in warding off the condition. Dr. France Chevalier wholeheartedly believes in the importance of coupling prevention and education to improve oral and overall health. At her Ottawa dental practice, she educates patients about risk factors of the disease including:

Tobacco use

Studies show tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of gum disease. Smoking and chewing tobacco are also associated with serious illnesses including cancer, lung disease, and heart disease.

Teeth clenching and grinding

Clenching and grinding teeth adds extra force on the teeth and gums, accelerating the chance of an infection. If you have this habit, seek dental treatment. Dr. Chevalier can provide a mouth guard to protect the teeth while sleeping.

Poor diet

A poor diet can worsen the health of your gums. A diet low in nutrients can affect oral health and the immune system. Then, it can be more difficult for the body to fight off an infection. Studies show obesity may also increase the risk of gum disease.


Patients can be genetically susceptible to gum disease, regardless of oral health habits. Therefore, visit the dentist regularly to ensure early intervention if the disease develops. By doing so, you can help avoid its irreversible affects.


Although aging is unavoidable, studies show the highest rates of gum disease are among adults 65 and older. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. Signs of this infection include bleeding and inflamed gums. If you notice these signs, seek treatment immediately.


Like a poor diet, stress can also make it more difficult for the body to fight off an infection such as gum disease. Stress can lead to hypertension, cancer, and numerous other health issues.

Do any of these risk factors apply to you? Take a step today toward preventing gum disease in the future. Call +1 (613) 233-1118 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Chevalier.

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