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What Causes GUM DISEASE?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects millions of Americans. Many do not know they have gum disease – they shrug off symptoms such as puffy gums, or don’t have any symptoms at all. Thus, even though gum disease is one of the most common diseases in America, most patients don’t realize the consequences of untreated gum disease, or what their treatment options are.

But what causes gum disease and who is at risk, and most importantly, what can we do about preventing and treating it?

You have a mouth full of risk. Gum disease starts with plaque. So it’s easy to see that the number one cause of gum disease is poor dental hygiene. Neglecting to brush and floss every day can allow plaque to build up and start the inflammation of the gingiva, or the gum formed around the base of your teeth.

Furthermore, teeth with cracks and crevices can trap food and encourage plaque and bacteria growth. Grinding your teeth or having a bite that isn’t aligned can cause irritation and invisible swelling of the tiny ligaments around the teeth, also leading to dental infections. Patients with impacted wisdom teeth are also at risk but often experience no symptoms. Subsequently, dental professionals agree that preteens, teens and young adults should be examined for signs of gum disease.

Risky behavior doesn’t help. Some personal behaviors can increase your risk of developing periodontitis and other forms of gum disease. Smoking increases your risks for gum disease significantly, as do the other forms of tobacco use. Why? Smoking reduces the strength of your immune system. When your immune system is compromised, it can’t fight off bacteria as effectively. Two other lifestyle choices that increase your risk of gum disease include eating an unhealthy diet and participating in substance abuse.

Gum Disease Risk Factors You Can Control:

Improperly fitting or poor dental work can also cause periodontal disease. A dental restoration that doesn’t fit, poorly sealed fillings and crowns, or an implant that isn’t functioning can trap food and encourage bacteria growth.

Gum disease germs can also be contagious. They infect others through saliva. Dental infections can also be passed through toothbrushes, eating utensils, straws or anything that touches saliva! And yes, kissing can spread gum disease and dental infections.

Gum Disease Risk Factors You Can’t Control:

Gum disease appears in greater numbers among the poor. In particular, periodontal disease affects poor children and elderly people as well as racial minorities. Those with fewer financial resources for dental visits show the greatest amounts of oral bacteria. Approximately 44 million Americans live without medical insurance; 110 million have no dental insurance.

Hormonal changes, especially women who are pregnant or beginning menopause

The natural aging process: the CDC Discovered that 70% of seniors over the age of 65 have moderate to advanced periodontal disease.

A family history of gum disease

Side effects of medication or certain medical treatments, such as chemotherapy

Diseases which decrease your immunity like HIV/AIDS or leukemia

Do you have Gum Disease?

Unfortunately, most patients don’t realize they are infected with gum disease. Also, it doesn’t always show the symptoms until the advanced stages. However, there are some clues that the silent killer leaves behind.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are your gums red or puffy?
  • Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
  • Are any teeth loose?
  • Has anyone told you that you have bad breath?
  • Do you wake up with a bad taste in your mouth? Blood on your pillow?

There are many risk factors for the disease. A complete tooth and gum exam by your dental care professional will tell if any infection is present.

Gum disease affects millions of Americans, many of whom aren’t even aware they have it. Be sure to see your dental professional to make sure you aren’t one of them.

If you are in the Port Orange, FL area give us a call and set up your Free Consultation:

(386) 256-4786

Or use the Appointment Request form on this page.

Sources “Periodontal Gum Disease FAQ”, American Dental Association:

  • http://www.ada.org/3063.aspx?currentTab=1#faq
  • http://www2.nidcr.nih.gov/sgr/sgrohweb/chap3.htm.
  • http://www.dent.ucla.edu/bio/bio.asp?id=277 21-00-026 – Rev. A 10/23/09
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Dan Snyder
Dan Snyder
21:21 06 Aug 20
Thank you Dr. Bowers and the entire Envision Staff. I was asked by Savannah if I’d had a cleaning and of course my... answer was yes, after receiving Savannah’s cleaning I realized I had not had a cleaning, at least one like the one I received today. It was by far the most thorough cleaning I have ever had. Additionally, Savannah took the time to show me the things I was doing incorrectly that led to the issues I was having and how to avoid them in the future. I’ve been doing it wrong all along, and had no idea. No one had ever told/ showed me this. Savannah physically showed me how to do this, Didnt just explain, that was a great method that is sure to give us the desired results. Dr Bowers follow up included a plan to continue on the right path, and made me feel better about learning I was never shown the proper way, I saw my mouth in a different light today, quite enlightening, and Very educational, I don’t recall learning any of this at my prior visits to other dentists. I was impressed the beautiful office and friendly staff who all participated in my visit. I can’t wait for my next visit? I honestly can’t, who says that? Thank you Dr. Bowers and team for this plan for the best oral health possible! Sincerely, Dan Snyderread more
Heather Elamon
Heather Elamon
21:44 09 Jul 20
The staff are always so caring and sweet. Very informative and patient. I have high anxiety when dealing with dental... procedures and they're always so helpful and accommodating. Dr. Bowers is seriously the best. She's so sweet and attentive. I am so thankful for everyone at Envision Dental!read more
Lee Noga
Lee Noga
23:09 06 Jul 20
I have severe PTSD from a cervical injection medical procedure accident that went wrong temporary paralyzing me from... ears down. I required cpr and assisted breathing until transport to hospital. Dr. Bowers came up with 9 hour treatment plan and medication sedation with nitrous over 2 visits. She built a team of top notch dental assistants, support staff, counselor, admin support ,oral surgeon and of course her part doing 3 crowns etc. It went flawless. I remember nothing. The attention to detail for patient comfort is the best care I ever recieved. The amount of staff time preparing and achieving case treatment goals is A+++++++ . A bed side manner we rarely experience. Dr. Bowers ability to handle high anxiety patients is a blessing to have in Central Fla. The entire practice has this zen and warmth vibe that carries thru to the end of your case. Dr. Bowers and her highly skilled staff gave me my smile back. They won my trust, and managed to not trigger my PTSD delivering the best dental care and comfort. They went above and beyond to protect and ensure I was physically and emotionally safe.read more
Brenda Lear
Brenda Lear
23:22 25 Jun 20
Had my first cleaning since Covid 19 lockdown. The best yet and I have been going to this dentist for years. Their... very....I am sure....expensive equipment now installed to secure our safety was remarkable!!! As is the careful procedure to make sure each patient was never in touch with another. Well done Envision!read more
Stephanie Iseman
Stephanie Iseman
15:15 24 Jun 20
I called too see if the can pull a Tooth yes but we need to have anpointment 1 st no am in pain can’t u do it on the... same day. The ladie like only if she feels comfortable pulling it like what’s that mean I pay u. You pull it.read more
mike long
mike long
17:43 18 Mar 20
I was referred to Envision Dental by my buddy Congo, and he said they were the best. So I came here for my cleaning... and he was right!!! Excellent staff, Beth took great care of me and Dr Bowers is Awesome. So I scheduled the rest of the family and my wife and daughters had their teeth cleaned by Savanah who was equally as professional and as thorough. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a great Dentist!!!read more
17:43 06 Feb 20
I called this office at the advise of my coworkers. I was looking for a new dentist for my entire family. My original... contact was with Katrina, she was the kindest and most compassionate person I have spoken to in a dental office or really any offices. When I arrived to the beautifully decorated office, the compassion did not end with Katrina. Every person we had contact with was non judgmental and friendly. We have had 3 appointments so far, and each of our experiences were amazing. We have had both Savanah and Beth as our hygienists, and they were just as amazing. Then it came time to see Dr. Bowers, she made me feel like she had known me for years and I was family. I have already told everyone that they should give this office a try! I am not one for writing reviews, but this office and its staff all REALLY deserve mention!read more
Johanna Itani
Johanna Itani
23:02 03 Feb 20
I cannot say enough about Dr. Aline Bowers and her staff, they are absolutely amazing and top on excellence in their... over all work ! I could not ask for better dental care as well as friendliness and just sincerity in all they do. It’s like having a family just for your teeth. April, Lisa, Katrina, Malinda and Macy are really and truly awesome. You ladies Rock ! Let’s not forget Dr. Craighead the oral surgeon, he is especially professional and knowledgeable as they all are.read more
Ryan Hickman
Ryan Hickman
18:14 29 Jan 20
Let me start by saying I DO NOT like going to the dentist. This was by far the best visit I’ve ever had. The honest... yet personable approach was amazing. From start to finish I’m impressed and I’m not as scared to go to the dentist any more.read more
Morgan S
Morgan S
17:24 10 Jan 20
Dr.Bowers and the entire staff at Envision Dental are so kind, and patient! The level of care I get here is better then... anywhere I’ve ever been! If you are looking for an honest, trustworthy and very skilled dentist I would highly recommend coming to Envision!read more
21:33 08 Jan 20
I have been treating with Dr. Bowers At Envision Dental for a few years now. The office is clean and inviting. The... staff is welcoming and very friendly. Dr. Bowers is very professional but she also listens to the patient’s concerns. She was able to adjust and change my treatment schedule to work with my daughter‘s wedding. I highly recommend Envision Dental.read more
Teri Bonaccorso
Teri Bonaccorso
20:48 08 Jan 20
After searching for a reputable honest clean and reliable dentist - I found Dr. Bowers at envision thought close friend... and family! What an amazing experience ❤️. The staff is just fabulous patient courteous and efficient. The office is A+ clean bright and everyone shines when your there! A true high quality professional dentist with your personal needs are their top priority ⭐read more
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Your Port Orange Dentist – Envision Dental

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When you visit our office, you are our top priority. Dr. Bowers and Dr. Craighead are kind, gentle and skilled Port Orange dentists. They are committed to providing GREAT QUALITY dentistry and they deliver it with COMPASSION and CARE.

We offer advanced options like dentures over implants, and convenient options like a in house lab that produces same day dentures and crowns.

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Envision Dental


870 Dunlawton Suite 110
Port Orange FL, 32127

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(386) 256-4786

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