Gum disease has many causes. Personal habits can be a factor, as can hormonal changes and even genetics. But usually, the biggest cause is the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth above and below your gumline. If you are concerned about gum disease, call or text 404-355-2001 today for an appointment with our dentist at Atlanta Dentistry by Design . Dr. Paul Freeman can use a treatment called scaling and root planing in Atlanta, Georgia, to keep your smile healthy.