The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly half of the American population over 30 years old has some degree of gum disease. Hardened tartar near the gum line exposes the gum tissues to the constant presence of bacteria.
When the infection first begins, is known as gingivitis. The primary symptoms include: inflamed gums that might also bleed easily when you brush and floss. It’s not uncommon for gingivitis to also cause issues with chronic bad breath.
A diligent and effective oral hygiene routine is the best preventative measure against gingivitis. The process starts by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. This should immediately be followed up by flossing between your teeth and along the gum line. If plaque and residual food particles aren’t cleaned from these areas, it will eventually harden into dangerous tartar.
If gingivitis is left unchecked it will develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease, known as periodontitis. This level of infection and inflammation can cause your gums to pull back from the base of your teeth opening up pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. In time this can compromise the roots of your teeth and even cause a loss of bone material in your jaw.
Cleaning hardened tartar from your gum line is very difficult with the tools and products available to you at home. Fortunately, the cleaning phase of your regular dental checkup is highly effective at removing tartar, while also monitoring your mouth for signs of gum disease.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease or you are overdue for your regular dental cleaning, please call us at 956-627-3446 to schedule an appointment.