What Causes Gum Disease?

According to studies from the Centers for Disease Control, half of adults aged 30 and older suffer from some stage of gum disease. Without treatment, periodontal disease can lead to serious complications. What causes gum disease, and what steps can you take to keep your smile healthy?

Try Our Quiz on the Causes of Gum Disease

  1. True or False: Gingivitis can lead to the disease.
  2. True or False: Without treatment, you can eventually lose one or more teeth.
  3. True or False: Sore, bleeding gums can be a warning sign.
  4. True or False: You can take steps to protect your gums.

Answer Key

  1. True. Also known as gum inflammation, gingivitis can eventually cause the gum tissue to become infected and pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria enter these pockets, gum disease begins. The causes of the initial inflammation can include family history, smoking, and poor oral hygiene.
  2. True. The disease can continue to grow worse until periodontitis sets in. The advanced stage of the disease, periodontitis attacks the connective tissue between the teeth and gums, leading to teeth becoming loose and eventually, lost.
  3. True. You should see your dentist if you notice your gums feel sore, look more red than usual, or if they bleed easily, especially when brushing and flossing. If these potential symptoms apply to you, then let us know as soon as possible.
  4. True. First, make sure you have your teeth cleaned once every six months. You should also brush your teeth twice a day, once when you wake up and again before going to bed. You should also floss before going to bed as well. If you have any questions or concerns about identifying and treating periodontal disease, then contact your dentist today.

Do You Have Questions About Gum Disease?

Our team can help you maintain optimal oral health, including good gum health. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.