You may be surprised at the ways you can develop gum disease. Oral hygiene and personal habits are major factors, as are hormonal changes. But by far the leading cause of gum disease is a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. If your smile needs a deep cleaning to fight or even prevent gum disease, call the office of James J. McCall, DDS, PA at 904-620-9225. Our dentist may want to see you for an appointment for scaling and root planing in Jacksonville, Florida.