Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. A major cause of tooth loss in adults, gum disease is usually painless, so you may not know you have it. It is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth.
Scheduling regular checkups with James D Hooper DDS will make sure you are doing everything possible to fight off gum disease and have better dental hygiene.
Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
Changes in the fit of partial dentures
Factors That Increase Gum Disease
Poor oral hygiene
Smoking or chewing tobacco
Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
Medications, including steroids
Certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs
Cancer therapy drugs
Some calcium channel blockers
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red or swollen and may bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at our dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.
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About James D Hooper DDS
James D Hooper DDS has given you quality dental care from a compassionate, friendly, and knowledgeable staff in a family-like atmosphere for over 30 years.
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