Gum Disease

Treatment for Gum Disease in Jacksonville, FL

Gum disease is a serious oral condition that affects more than 80% of American adults. The disease can spread quickly and often undetected until it starts to cause serious issues, like tooth loss. If you have untreated gum disease, it’s important to schedule an appointment at James McCall Dentistry in Jacksonville, FL today.

What causes gum disease?

Our mouths are full of bacteria no matter how much we scrub, clean, and floss. When combined with mucus and other particles, this bacterium forms a sticky, colorless “plaque” on the teeth. Although brushing and flossing reduces the amount of plaque on the teeth, any plaque that is not removed can form tartar which can’t be removed by simple measures. Tartar and deep plaque removal is an essential part of a routine dental cleaning. When dental cleanings aren’t performed promptly, then it leads to gum diseases.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sore and/or bleeding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Gums that are detaching from the teeth causing pockets
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth

Risk Factors

There are risk factors that contribute to the likelihood of gum disease. If you have any of the following conditions/habits, then there’s an increased risk of gum disease:

  • Smoking. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease.
  • Hormonal changes in girls/women. These changes can make gums more sensitive and make it easier for gingivitis to develop.
  • Diabetes. People with diabetes are at higher risk for developing infections, including gum disease.
  • Illness. Diseases like cancer or AIDS and their treatments can also negatively affect the health of gums.
  • Medications. There are hundreds of prescription and over the counter medications that can reduce the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on the mouth. Without enough saliva, the mouth is vulnerable to infections such as gum disease.
  • Genetics. Some people are more prone to severe gum disease than others.

Contact us today at (904) 620-9225 to learn more about gum disease, prevention, and treatment. We will be happy to work with you one-on-one to develop the right treatment for your gum disease.