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Gum disease is an all-too-common condition involving the inflammation of the gum tissues. In fact, the American Dental Association estimates that 47 percent of the population over 30 years of age has some level of gum disease. It can often go undetected in the early stages, leading to more significant complications and treatment methods.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It often results from the formation of bacterial-rich hardened tartar at the gum line. This causes inflammation in the sensitive gum tissues. Common symptoms like gums that bleed easily and chronic bad breath should be taken as warning signs.

If it’s caught early, gingivitis can often be reversed by a thorough dental cleaning at Dean Doles Family Dentistry. You can then help prevent it from recurring by concentrated efforts at improving your daily oral hygiene habits.

The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing your teeth each evening. This will help clear away plaque and residual food material from between your teeth and along the gumline before it can harden into tartar.

When flossing, you want to do more than simply move the strand back and forth between your teeth. Ideally, you should wrap excess floss around your middle fingers. Then, firmly grip a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a “U” shape and gently clear the space between the teeth and your gumline. Be sure to also floss behind your back teeth.

With flossing completed, you can vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. While antiseptic mouthwash does help remove previously loosened food particles and kill bacteria, it cannot replace flossing.

If you live in the Allen, Texas, area and you have gum disease concerns, you should call 972-727-7269 for diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Dean Doles.