The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. This is a minor infection and inflammation of the gum tissues, that is most often caused by a buildup of tartar at the gum line. If gingivitis is not resolved in short order it can lead to the more dangerous version of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Early symptoms of gingivitis include red or inflamed gums that are prone to bleeding during brushing and flossing. This is often accompanied by chronic bad breath.
A diligent and effective daily oral hygiene routine is by far the best defense against tartar buildup and gingivitis. The cornerstone of this hygiene routine involves brushing your teeth twice a day with abrasive toothpaste followed by flossing between the teeth as well as along the gum line.
Even the best oral hygiene routine can still allow a little tartar buildup. Tartar at the gum line can be very hard to remove yourself. It usually requires the techniques and training of the dental professionals at your regular dental checkup and cleaning.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease or you are overdue for your regular dental cleaning, please call us at 614-875-7070 to schedule an appointment.