- People with periodontal disease were 4 times more likely to develop chronic kidney disease. - 90 percent of dental providers stated that they asked their patients about their tobacco use on a regular basis. The numbers also stated that 76 percent counsel their patients while 45 percent offer tobacco cessation assistance. Today, smoking, type 2 diabetes and the food and drinks people consume lead to a higher risk of gum disease. -Ancient Romans knew how to take care of their gums. Only 5 percent of Romans suffered from gum disease while 30 percent of people today encounter that problem.