Gum disease is an infection of the gums. There are a number of factors that can cause gum disease, with the most common cause being poor oral hygiene.
By not brushing your teeth regularly or flossing, plaque begins to build upon and around your teeth, which is a bacterium that can cause tooth decay.
Bacteria in plaque can gradually irritate your gums which will lead to inflammation, bleeding on tooth brushing, increase soreness and make them swollen.
The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis. During this stage, you may not experience any pain or noticeable swelling until the advanced stages.
Common Causes of Gum Disease
Poor oral hygiene is the most common causes of gum disease. By visiting our dental hygienist at our Periodontal Clinic in London, as well as visiting your dentist regularly, you’ll greatly reduce the risk of gum disease. Book a dental hygienist appointment.
Other common causes of gum disease include:
- Tobacco is a big risk factor for periodontal disease. Smoking can cause severe bone loss and create deep pockets between teeth and gums compared to non-smokers. Bleeding gums is less common with smokers, but this is because the chemicals contained in tobacco affects the flow of blood.
- As we get older, the risk of gum disease increases. This is because it may be common to have a dry mouth, preventing saliva from protecting your teeth. Gums can begin to recede, exposing roof surfaces of your teeth. However, frequent visits to the dentist will greatly benefit your oral health.
- For patients who may have gum disease, new, clinical evidence shows that stress can lead to weakened, infected gums. Higher stress levels can lower your body’s immunity which can aid in the chances of gum disease occurring.
We offer Leading Periodontal Treatments
At Al-Fa Perio, we take great pride in offering long-lasting treatments for gum disease at our periodontal clinic in London. Find out more.
We use innovative treatments, such as Laser Gum Surgery, that is a non-invasive procedure that eliminates gum disease and can help encourage bone and gum regeneration.
Our London periodontal clinic is here to help improve your oral health. You can call us on 02085060701 for more information on gum disease.