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Bacterial deposits can start to accumulate on your teeth if you sometimes forget to brush your teeth twice each day or you are remiss to floss between each of your teeth as well as along the gumline. In time lingering food particles and plaque can harden into tartar.

Once this occurs your chances of suffering from the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis can start to increase. Initial symptoms of this early form of gum disease typically include gums that bleed when you brush and floss and look inflamed. Gingivitis sufferers sometimes struggle with chronic bad breath.

Without professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Catharine Willis gingivitis can gradually worsen. As time goes on the bacterial presence in the gums could develop into the more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

This level of periodontal infection can gradually cause your gumline to recede from your teeth and could potentially lead to future problems with tooth loss. At the same time, the systemic inflammation associated with this level of gum disease could also cause medical complications and tax your immune system.

With timely attention, our dentist can help treat gingivitis before it escalates. At that point, you will need to make some basic improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine to prevent the future development of hardened tartar.

If you live in the Lacey Spring, Alabama, area and you are worried about the health of your gums, you should call (256) 498-3570 to schedule an appointment at Catharine Willis DMD.