What Causes Gum Disease?

When a person develops periodontal disease, treatment is essential to maintain a healthy smile and prevent very serious complications, which can include adult tooth loss. But what causes gum disease? How does a person recognize the warning signs and take action?

Frequently Asked Questions About Gum Disease

Question: How does inflammation begin?

Answer: The initial inflammation, also known as gingivitis, can begin for a number of different reasons, such as smoking or tobacco use and family history. However, the most common cause is a buildup of plaque, a bacterial byproduct. When we don’t take proper care of our teeth, plaque forms on the teeth and irritates the gum tissue, causing inflammation. Eventually, after the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets, bacteria can enter and lead to the onset of gum disease.

Question: What are signs I need treatment?

Answer: Patients may initially notice the gums appear more red than usual or feel sore. Later, they can begin to bleed easily, such as when brushing and flossing. In addition, gum recession may be noticed as well. If one or more of these signs seem familiar, then contact our team for a diagnosis.

Question: What happens if I ignore the warning signs?

Answer: Without treatment, the advanced stage, also known as periodontitis, can form. Soon, the connective tissue between the teeth and gums break down, leading to adult tooth loss.

Question: How do you treat the issue?

Answer: We can reverse gingivitis or manage gum disease with a deep cleaning, which involves removing plaque from the teeth and roots. For advanced cases, we can use LANAP to remove infected tissue. We employ a dental laser in the LANAP procedure, which can remove the tissue accurately and comfortably.

Do You Have Questions Treating Gum Disease

Do you have sore or bleeding gums? At Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer treatment to reverse gingivitis or manage periodontal disease. We proudly offer our services to individuals from Independence, Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about us, call our dental office in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808.