Gum disease can have a number of different causes. Lifestyle choices including alcohol and tobacco use can be factors, as well as hormonal changes and even genetics. But by far, the most common cause of gum disease is the accumulation of plaque and tartar on the surfaces of your teeth. If you have noticed the early indicators of gum disease, call our office at (248) 267-8900. Our periodontists, Dr. Samuel Korkis or Dr. Douglas L. Sweeney, and our team offer scaling and root planing in Troy, Michigan, to remove the plaque from your teeth and give you back a healthy smile.