Gum disease, or gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. Gum disease is caused by the formation of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and gums, above and below the gum line. The following will heighten your risk for gum disease:

• Not practicing proper oral hygiene at home and not having regular professional teeth cleanings
• Smoking and chewing tobacco
• Having a history of gum disease in your family
• Having a compromised immune system
• Having a diet that is low in vitamins and minerals or high in sugar and carbohydrates

If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may treat gingivitis in Shelby Township, Michigan:

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

To treat gum disease, our dentists may recommend extra professional teeth cleaning appointments. If this is not sufficient, a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing may be suggested.

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