Important Questions About Gum Disease

It affects over 75% of adults in the United States, and if not treated, it can lead to the permanent loss of one or more of your teeth. It’s also highly-preventable, and most people who experience it could have avoided it, so why is gum disease still one of the most destructive dental health issues around? Typically, gum disease is allowed to progress because of a lack of knowledge about gum health and disease. If you don’t recognize the signs, you might not know to seek treatment in time. For a better understanding about gum disease and how to protect your smile against it, we answer a few important questions about the notorious condition.

Gum Health and Disease

1.) Can gum disease affect anyone?

Some people may be genetically predisposed for a higher risk of gum disease, but under the right circumstances, it can affect anyone. The condition develops when oral bacteria and dental plaque, which are inherent in everyone’s mouth, are allowed to grow and multiply on your teeth and along your gum line.

2.) Is gum disease preventable?

Like most issues that develop from poor hygiene, including cavities and chronic bad breath, gum disease can be prevented by controlling the bacteria and plaque that cause it. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day, and stick to a schedule of routine checkups and cleanings as often as recommended.

3.) How will I know if I have gum disease?

One of the most prominent signs of early gum disease is bleeding gum tissue, usually when you brush and floss your teeth. However, we can detect earlier signs and symptoms, such as minor gum inflammation and recession, with advanced diagnostic equipment during your regular dental checkup.


Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111.