Naylors Court Dental Partners

What are the causes of gum disease (periodontal disease)?

A patient with gum disease in Pikesville MDPeriodontal disease means an infection of your soft and hard tissue. Without consistent and daily brushing and flossing, plaque (or bacteria) can build up on teeth and become hard. If you do not remove plaque, it forms into tartar that cannot be removed with a toothbrush alone.

Only your Pikesville dentist or dental hygienist at Naylors Court Dental Partners can remove tartar. If Pikeville patients do not get this treated, gum disease will advance to bleeding gums, pain when chewing, and, ultimately, tooth loss.

While many factors contribute to the development of periodontal disease, the most common variables are:

  • Smoking
  • Improper oral hygiene
  • irregular dental cleanings 
  • Systemic disease
  • Crooked and overlapping teeth
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal changes
  • Dry mouth from medication
  • Illness
  • Heredity 

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

While gum disease can sometimes be asymptomatic, meaning symptoms are mild or unnoticeable, there are some signs you can look for. If you notice one or more of the following symptoms, call your dentist at Naylors Court Dental Partners today so we can prevent long-lasting oral damage. 

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Consistent bleeding
  • Swollen gums
  • Gum soreness 
  • Constant odor
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums

Are you experiencing abnormal pain, tenderness, bleeding, or swelling? These are likely caused by an oral health issue that will not go away without treatment from your Pikesville dentist. Please call us at (410) 684-0173 to schedule an oral examination.

Contact Us

Luckily, our Pikesville dental office offers treatment for gum disease, working to treat any existing damage and prevent further development of the disease. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, give us a call today for a dental consultation. 

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