What Causes Gum Disease?

Do you think you may be developing periodontitis or gum disease? 

Dr. Ira Goldberg treats gum disease in Succasunna, New Jersey. A condition that precedes gum disease is gingivitis, which is marked by swollen, red, and bleeding gums. Although gum disease is common, it can cause dental problems that damage teeth and may even lead to tooth loss.  Dr. Goldberg and his professional dental team at Morris County Dental Associates help remove infection from patients with gum disease. But what causes gum disease, and how exactly is it treated? Learn below.

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Causes of Gum Disease

Gum disease can have multiple causes, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Tooth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
  • Hormonal changes
  • Smoking
  • Tobacco use
  • Stress
  • Genetics

The most prevalent cause of gum disease is plaque, which often builds up between teeth that are not flossed frequently enough. Patients who smoke, have bruxism or poor oral hygiene are more prone to developing gum disease than other patients. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day and visit the dentist twice a year to keep dental problems at bay.

Signs of Gum Disease

There are multiple signs to be aware of when it comes to periodontitis:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Receding gums
  • Shifting teeth
  • Swollen or sore gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, please contact Morris County Dental Associates for care at 973-298-5893.

Treating Gum Disease

Antibacterial washes may be recommended for patients with mild gingivitis. Continue to improve dental hygiene to prevent future buildup. These treatments are usually successful and will help avoid further infection and damage. For patients with periodontitis, scaling or root planing procedures may be needed. Oral surgery may also be required for patients with serious gum disease problems. Scaling removes bacteria and tartar from the mouth. Root planing helps to remove bacteria causing inflammation by smoothing tooth roots.

Request a Consultation

Have you noticed any of the symptoms of gum disease? You can call Morris County Dental Associates for treatment at 973-298-5893. You may also schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldberg on our website for relaxing and comfortable care.