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What causes gum disease?

What causes gum disease?

Plaque buildup: Bacteria in plaque make toxins that irritate your gums causing them to bleed-gingivitis. If that continues, some folks get bone loss-periodontitis, . ...Read more

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Dr. John Francis
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Gingivitis (Definition)

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


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What are the causes of gum disease if elderly?

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 more

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What are some of the most common causes of gum disease?

What are some of the most common causes of gum disease?

No floss: Not brushing or flossing -- poor oral hygiene, is the most common cause. Smoking, uncontrolled blood sugar, stress, not seeing the dentist regularly are all factors that put you at greater risk for bad gums. ...Read more

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Can "the pill" cause gum disease?

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 more

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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? .

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?


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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 more

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Could periodontisis and gum disease cause fatigue?

Gumm Fatigue: Periodontitis is caused by accumulation of germs and bacteria in the mouth and gums. It will spread through the blood vessels and could result in beign tired and weak. Also people look older. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed cause periodontal (gum) disease?

Can smoking weed cause periodontal (gum) disease?

Not well known: I do not know of any well-established correlation between smoking marijuana and incidence of periodontal disease. ...Read more

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Does gum disease cause pimples?

Does gum disease cause pimples?

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 more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gun disease can range from gum swelling all the way to the bone keeping the teeth in place being lost, this can be be for a number of reasons, if you think you have gum disease please visit your ...Read more