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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 the loss of permanent teeth. Dr. Sam Markzar may recommend treatment for gum disease if you have any of the following symptoms:

– Red, tender, inflamed gums
– Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
– Receding gum line
– Gums that have pulled away from the teeth, causing a periodontal pocket to form
– Changes in the way your teeth come together when you bite
– Pus coming from the gums
– Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth

Bacteria and plaque that is allowed to remain in the mouth is the main cause of gum disease. However, there are certain factors that can increase the risk for gum disease. These include:

– A history of gum disease in your family
– Tobacco use
– Crooked teeth or a bad bite
– Braces or a dental bridge, as these can make it difficult to care for your smile
– Teeth grinding
– 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
– Certain medications
– Certain diseases
– Poor nutrition

If you suspect that you have gum disease, contact Beverly Hills Periodontal Arts and Implants at 310-360-7570 for an appointment with our periodontist today.