Gum disease is also called gingivitis. This disease, which is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and under the gums, can cause the loss of permanent teeth in its advanced stages. Some factors that will increase your risk of developing gingivitis include:

• Not practicing proper dental hygiene and not getting regular professional teeth cleanings
• Smoking or chewing tobacco
• Having a history of gum disease in your family
• Having a weakened immune system
• Eating a diet that is low in vitamins and minerals or high in sugars

Many people do not realize that they have gum disease because it is often painless. However, if you notice any of the following signs, Dr. Jim Heck may treat gingivitis in Greenwood, Indiana:

• Gums that are swollen, red, and sore
• Gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss
• Receding gums
• Persistent bad breath
• Pus coming from your gums
• A change in your bite
• Loose permanent teeth

Our dentist may recommend that you schedule extra professional tooth cleanings. If this is not enough, he may recommend a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing.

Feel free to contact White River Family Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.