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Every year, gum disease poses a significant oral health problem for millions of Americans. The American Dental Association estimates that around 47% of all people 30 and older, have some form of gum disease. At the same time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also found that around 65% of people over age 65 and older have moderate to severe levels of gum disease.

When plaque and residual food particles are not effectively removed by your daily oral hygiene routine, they can easily harden into tartar. Tartar is a hard substance with a high bacterial presence. This causes the inflammation and eventual infection in the gum tissues commonly known as gum disease.

Gum disease begins as gingivitis. Most people with gingivitis have 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 oral hygiene regimen and timely attendance to your regular dental checkup at Professional Dental Care can usually reverse the effects of gingivitis.

Should gingivitis be allowed to advance unchecked, it will eventually develop into the more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. The inflammation caused by periodontitis causes the gums to slowly pull back from the base of the teeth. This allows pockets of infection to form near the roots of the teeth. Periodontitis can even result in a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth to your jaw.

While brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help prevent tartar build up, your regular dental checkup and cleaning with Dr. Lynn Leyde and our hygienist will insure good oral health.

If you have questions about plaque and tartar buildup, or you are due for your next dental cleaning in Shoreline, Washington, you should call Professional Dental Care at 206-546-8377 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.