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What Causes Gum Disease
Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more
Follow below: The same criteria would apply to you as with someone half your age. We would still review your medical history, check your medications, illnesses, habits, genetics etc... Treatment can vary and might include laser therapy which is very effective and relatively conservative. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not Directly.: Gum disease is caused by plaque...The sticky film of bacteria which clings to your teeth and invades the surrounding tissues. However, taking "the pill" can change your hormonal balance so that your gums are more susceptible to swelling, redness, and bleeding. This, in turn, can increase your risk of developing gum disease. Regular plaque removal and excellent oral hygiene are mandatory for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does gum disease cause gums to grow over molars? It seems like my gums are growing over my rear-most molars. What causes that, and what can I do to stop it?
Need : Need some more information. 1. What is your age? 2. Are your third molars (wisdom teeth) erupting? 3. Are you being treated for any gum problems? This may just be a condition where you jaw is not big enough for the teeth to fully erupt into a functional cleanable position. Or it may represent inflammation and swelling of your gums due to disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gum "Pimples"?: Gum disease is not related to facial pimples, if you mean "pimples" as typical bumps on face. However, if you found a pimple-like swelling on your gum, it may be a sign that you have infection or abscess in your gum pocket, or in the deeper structure of your teeth/gums. If left untreated, you are at a higher--and severe--risk of facial infection and/or loss of the tooth/teeth. See a dentist now! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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