The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 47% of people over the age 30 have gum disease to some degree. Gingivitis, is the earliest form of gum disease. It is primarily caused by hardened tartar buildup at the gum line. Early symptoms include: inflamed gums that might also bleed easily during brush and floss. This could also cause chronic bad breath.
If gingivitis is left unchecked it can develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease, known as periodontitis. This infection deep in the gum tissues can eventually cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth creating pockets of infected tissues. This infection can compromise the roots of your teeth and eventually can even cause a loss of bone structure in your jaw.
An effective oral hygiene regimen is the best way to prevent gingivitis. The process starts by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. This should be immediately followed by flossing between your teeth as well as the gum line.
Even the most effective oral hygiene regimen can still leave some tartar on your teeth. It can be very difficult for you to remove tartar from your teeth with products available to you at home. It usually requires the techniques and training of the dental professionals at your regular dental checkup and cleaning.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease or you are overdue for your regular dental cleaning, please call us at 516-717-4729 to schedule an appointment.