What makes gum disease (periodontitis) worse?
A variety of factors can affect periodontitis. Other factors can modify how your gums react to plaque or calculus, thereby altering your body’s response to the disease and affecting your overall health. The worst offender is smoking. Study after study shows that in the face of an established periodontal condition, smokers have worse gums. Not only do they have deeper pockets and more bone loss, but also they do not heal as well as non-smokers do. Many diseases affect the gums. The most notable is diabetes. Diabetics need to take good care of their teeth and gums because they are prone to more infections and greater problems than non-diabetics. Other diseases that cause suppression of your immune system (i.e. leukaemia, AIDS) may also affect the gums. Though nearly ¾ of the world’s population has some form of periodontitis, a genetic predisposition is the single biggest determinant as to how serious each case gets. Some individuals are more prone to periodontitis than others. Some get a