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Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and structures that support your teeth. If left untreated, this disease can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Robert Horowitz may recommend treatment for gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:

– Inflamed gums
– Gums that bleed
– Receding gums
– Gums that have pulled away from the teeth, causing pockets to form
– Changes in your bite
– Pus coming from between the gums and teeth

Bacteria and plaque that is not removed from the mouth is the main cause of gum disease. However, certain factors can increase the risk for gum disease. These include:

– A family history of gum disease
– Smoking or chewing tobacco
– Crooked teeth or a bad bite
– Braces or a dental bridge, as these can make it difficult to care for your smile
– Teeth grinding or clenching
– Stress, as stress can weaken the body’s immune system so it is not as capable of fighting off infection
– Fluctuating hormones, such as during puberty and pregnancy
– Medicines that cause dry mouth
– Certain diseases
– Poor diet

If you believe that you have gum disease or if it is time for your routine dental checkup with our periodontist, contact our office at 914-529-4136.