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    What causes gum disease?

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  • ProCare Family Dental is a general dental practice. We treat all patients, from the very young to the elderly. We also see patients with disabilities … View Profile

    Typically gum disease is experienced as inflammed and bleeding gums. Gum disease is caused predonminantly by accumulation of plaque at the gum line adjacent to the tooth. This happens when the plaque is left at the gumline. But gum disease is a spectrum from mild to severe types. The more severe type of gum disease affects the gum and underlying bone supporting the teeth in the jaws. This form of disease is caused by many factors other than the accumulation of plaque. Some of these factors include the immune system, type of bacteria in the mouth, genetics and lifestyle eg, smoking. 

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    Dental Plaque, easily removed with toothbrushing, flossing and toothpicks, is the most common cause of gum disease. For a full list see the American Academy of Periodontists webpage; 

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    Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    Most likely causes are:
    1/ Lask of good oral hygiene
    2/ Smoking
    3/ Genetic predispostion
    4/ Overvigorous brushing

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