Tartar buildup at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease. The CDC estimates that nearly half of all adults over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease. The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Early symptoms include inflamed gums that often bleed easily during brushing and flossing. This might also include chronic bad breath.
Prevention through an effective oral hygiene routine is the best defense against developing gingivitis. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste followed by flossing between your teeth and along the gum line.
Tartar at the gum line can be very hard for you to remove at home. It usually requires the techniques and training of the dental professionals at your regular dental checkup and cleaning.
If gingivitis is left unchecked, it can advance into a more serious condition known as periodontitis. This stage of gum disease often causes the gums to pull back from your teeth creating pockets of infection. The infection even has the potential to cause a loss of bone material in your jaw where your teeth are anchored.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease or you are overdue for your regular dental cleaning, please call us at 203.245.5101 to schedule an appointment.