Periodontal disease currently affects millions of American adults. In fact, over 64.7 million people exhibit the symptoms of periodontal disease. Patients with gum disease may experience sore or bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and in the advanced stages, tooth loss. What causes gum disease to form in the first place? Your Periodontics Associates dentists, Dr. Comeaux and Dr. Pearson, discuss the common causes of periodontal disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Causes of Gum Disease

Question: Does oral hygiene have an impact on gum health?

Answer: Yes. Without taking proper care of your smile, including regular dental cleanings combined with brushing and flossing, plaque buildup can inflame your gums. Soon, the inflammation will cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line bacteria can infiltrate.

Question: Can illness boost the risk of developing gum disease?

Answer: Yes. Chronic illnesses, particularly those linked to a weakened immune system, can increase the risk of gum disease. For example, diabetes, leukemia, cancer, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and AIDs can increase the chances of developing gum disease.

Question: Does smoking impact gum health?

Answer: Absolutely. All forms of tobacco can elevate the severity of gum disease, including the chances of suffering from adult tooth loss.

Question: What’s the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Answer: Gingivitis is a mild form of early gum disease. Symptoms include inflammation and sore gums. Periodontitis is advanced gum disease. At this stage, you run a very high risk of loosing teeth. If you experience any of the symptoms of gum disease, contact Periodontics Associates today for a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

About Periodontics Associates

With years of hands-on experience and focused training in surgical and non-surgical approaches to periodontal care, Dr. M. Randal Comeaux and Dr. Bryan S. Pearson provide exceptional care that places patient comfort first. We are passionate about periodontal health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail. Contact our Lafayette, LA office at (337) 989-0267 or our Opelousas, LA satellite office at (800) 821-6503. We proudly serve patients throughout Acadiana.