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(KTVI) – How are your teeth? Shiny clean? Now how are your gums? Did you know that about 50 percent of Americans have gum disease and may not even know it?

Dr. Jeff Dalin is an area dentist and he talks about how to take care of your gums.

Risk Factors:
1) smoking
2) diabetes
3) poor oral hygiene
4) crooked teeth
5) underlying immuno-deficiencies
6) defective fillings or crowns
7) taking medications that cause dry mouth
8) hormonal changes
9) stress
10) heredity
11) poor oral hygiene
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