What Causes Gum Disease?

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The number of people afflicted with periodontal disease in the United States is staggering. According to recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, over 64.7 million people experience some stage of gum disease. Why is this dental disease so widespread? What causes gum disease to form in the first place? The dental experts at A New Smile discuss the common causes of gum disease.

Gum Disease Quiz

1. True or False: Patients with gum disease exhibit a number of symptoms.

2. True or False: A multitude of factors can lead to gum disease.

3. True or False: Without treatment, patients may lose permanent teeth.

4. True or False: A dental cleaning can help prevent gum disease.

Answer Key

1. True. Common symptoms of gum disease include sore, red gums. Your gums may also bleed easily when you brush or floss. In addition, you may notice chronic bad breath, inflammation, and even gum recession. If one or more of these symptoms sounds familiar, please schedule a consultation right away.

2. True. Common factors behind gum disease include poor oral hygiene, the use of certain medications, chronic illness, and hormonal fluctuations (in women).

3. True. Over time, gum disease causes the connective tissue between the teeth and gums to dissolve. First, the teeth become loose. As gum disease becomes advanced, also known as periodontitis, the teeth may actually fall out.

4. True. A simple cleaning removes plaque from the teeth, reducing the risk of inflammation and the onset of gum disease. A deep cleaning involves removing the plaque from the crown and the root of the tooth. You should have a cleaning at least twice a year. Patients at high risk of developing gum disease may benefit from more frequent cleanings.

About Your San Fernando Valley Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.