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Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday -Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm

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Tuesday -Thursday
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Phone: 989-773-3560

900 E Bellows St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


Must-Know Gum Disease Risk Factors

risk factors of gum disease Gingivitis is one of the most common oral health conditions, affecting over 47 percent of American adults 30 and older. While it may be extremely common, that does not mean it does not pose extreme health risks. Increased bacteria in the mouth also heightens the risk of tooth decay, which can lead to cavities, root canals, and even tooth loss.

Receiving treatment is vital to protecting your mouth, but did you know gum disease is also highly preventable? Explore the most common risk factors and how to address them.

Brushing Habits

There are two ways that brushing can negatively affect your teeth:

  • Not brushing regularly enough increases the risk of gum disease.
  • Not brushing thoroughly or long enough leads to plaque buildup, eventually affecting the gum line.

Excess bacteria inflame gum tissue, which eventually leads to gingivitis. Without treatment, this can advance to a more severe infection called periodontitis. Ensure that you follow the American Dental Association’s suggested guidelines. Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time using a fluoride toothpaste.


Tobacco use increases the risk of gum disease by weakening the immune system. Without the ability to fight off bacteria, tissue becomes more vulnerable. Consider quitting smoking all types of tobacco products to lower your risk.

Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth are harder to clean, increasing the risk of plaque buildup, tartar, and bacteria. Straightening your teeth can reduce this risk while improving your overall oral health. Your dentist can refer you to an orthodontist who can collaborate on your treatment.

Contact Kenneth Egger, DDS, for Treatment

Dr. Egger is an experienced dentist and compassionate care provider who has proudly operated Mount Pleasant Dentistry since 1996. His extensive experience has made him a skilled dentist in all areas of oral health.

Please call 989-773-3560 or submit an online form to request an appointment with Dr. Egger in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.