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The Most Common Causes for Gum Disease


Gum disease, a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting your teeth, is one of the most common oral health problems. If left untreated, can lead to tooth decay and even loss. However, the good news is that it is also fairly preventable, treatable, and even reversible if caught and addressed early.   

The most common cause of gum disease is plaque caused by bacteria buildup around the teeth and gums.  

Plaque, a film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth over time, can create inflammation at the gum line and cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can be prevented or even reversed by meticulous oral care, but can progress to full periodontitis or advanced periodontitis. In the advanced stages, your gums, teeth, and the bone supporting them can suffer and deteriorate. You may even lose teeth. 

Brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly removes most plaque and is the best defense against gum disease. Regular dental exams can help remove the rest, especially the stubborn buildup in hard-to-reach places (like below the gum line).  

Other contributing factors include:  

Being vigilant about your dental care is the best way to recognize the early signs of gum disease. Schedule your next appointment at My Family Dentistry today.  


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