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Research conducted by the American Dental Association estimates that 47 percent of adults over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease. It is usually caused by hardened tartar at the gumline as a result of an inadequate daily oral hygiene routine. Other factors, like tobaccos use, alcohol consumption, and medical conditions, also increase your chances of developing gum disease.

Gum disease often starts out as gingivitis. It often develops when plaque and residual food particles are not effectively removed during your oral hygiene routine. These substances then harden into tartar, thus exposing your gum tissues to a constant bacterial presence, which leads to inflammation.

Initial symptoms of gingivitis include gums that bleed easily from brushing and flossing, bad breath and red or inflamed gums.

In many cases, gingivitis can be counteracted by a thorough dental cleaning with your dentist, Dr. Chris A. Gipe. This will remove all traces of hardened tartar. We can then help you make the necessary improvements to your oral hygiene routine. In many cases, this can effectively reverse the effects of gingivitis and help you prevent future issues.

If you are concerned that you might be developing gingivitis, you should call Preferred Dental Care at 562-431-1349 to receive professional treatment.