Periodontal gum disease

Periodontal Gum Disease

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.
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Warning Signs

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gum recession
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • 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
  • Genetics
  • Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Diabetes 
  • Medications, including steroids
  • Certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs
  • Cancer therapy drugs
  • Some calcium channel blockers
  • Oral contraceptives


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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