What Are the Factors that Lead to Gum Disease?

What Are the Factors that Lead to Gum Disease?

Also known as advanced gum disease, periodontitis is an advanced form of gingivitis that has been left untreated for a long period of time. This condition affects the entire bone structure supporting the teeth, leading to tooth loosening and eventually falling out. If you notice shifting or loose teeth, contact our office as soon as possible so we can treat the problem before it causes too much damage.

Poor Oral Hygiene

When plaque isn’t adequately removed, it accumulates on and around the gum line. This buildup leads to gum disease that allows bacteria to enter the gum tissue. Bacteria cause an infection that results in inflammation of the gums. Without treatment, this can lead to tooth loss. In cases of periodontitis, the tartar buildup will eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Once this occurs, the teeth can loosen, and the risk for bone loss increases.

To maintain healthy teeth and gums, be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss at least once a day. If it’s time to schedule your next cleaning, give us a call!


Unfortunately, genetics can play a large role in gum disease and tooth decay. If either of your parents has suffered from these conditions, then you are more likely to have them as well. If your family has a history of poor oral care habits or a general lack of concern for your dental health, then you may be at risk of developing the same conditions.

However, just because you may be genetically predisposed to certain oral health problems doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to prevent them. With a few minutes in the morning and night every day, you can care for your teeth and prevent future issues from happening.


There are many prescription medications that can cause gum problems. For example, some medications can cause dry mouth, which puts you at an increased risk for gum disease. So make sure you tell your dentist about all the medication you take, including over-the-counter drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen. That way, your dentist can discuss possible side effects with you and suggest alternatives if necessary.

Tobacco Use

Studies have shown that people who use tobacco are more likely to develop gum disease, as well as oral lesions and oral cancers. Both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products contain dangerous chemicals that cause irritation and inflammation in the soft tissues of your mouth. These substances can also stain your teeth and cause bad breath. Smoking is also associated with an increased risk of tooth loss.

Although quitting smoking can be a challenge, there are a number of resources you can use to help you quit smoking, such as medication and support groups. Talk to your dentist about your options for kicking the habit for good.

Schedule an appointment with Arden Dental Center to learn more about taking care of your oral health. We are located at 303 E Army Trail Rd Ste 421, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Contact us at (630) 529-0303 or visit our website to book an appointment. 


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