The Centers for Disease Control estimates that almost half of all adults over 30 years old have gum disease to some degree. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and includes symptoms like, inflamed gums that might also bleed easily when you brush and floss. Many people with gingivitis also struggle with chronic bad breath.
An effective and diligent oral hygiene routine is the best defense against developing gingivitis. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste followed by flossing between your teeth and along the gum line.
If plaque and food particles are not removed from these areas, it will harden into tartar. Tartar buildup at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease.
Tartar at the gum line can be very hard for you to remove at home. It usually requires the techniques and training of the dental professionals at your regular dental checkup and cleaning.
If gingivitis is not addressed in a timely manner it can develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease, known as periodontitis. This level of infection causes the gums to pull back from your teeth creating pockets of infected tissues. The infection even has the potential to cause a loss of bone material in your jaw anchoring your teeth.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease or you are overdue for your regular dental cleaning, please call us at 757-716-7943 to schedule an appointment.