Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is the inflammation and infection of the gum tissues. Every year, millions of American adults struggle needlessly with this easily preventable condition. While there are certain medical conditions and increased risk factors that can contribute to the development of gum disease, it is primarily caused by hardened tartar at the gumline.
When residual food matter and plaque are not effectively removed by your daily oral hygiene routine, they can gradually start to calcify. Once tartar adheres to the teeth, it can be extremely difficult to remove without a thorough dental cleaning at Complete Care Dental.
To prevent tartar from forming in the first place, the American Dental Association recommends a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene routine. This is founded on brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing each evening. This can significantly improve your chances of developing hardened tartar.
Gum disease starts out in the form of gingivitis. Common symptoms often include gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing as well as issues with chronic bad breath. In many cases, the gums might also look red or inflamed. Improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine after a professional dental cleaning can often reverse and prevent gingivitis from recurring.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, you should call 610.833.1919 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dhillon and Dr. Woo.