The American Dental Association says that 47% of adults over 30 years of age have some degree of gum disease. It is usually caused by hardened tartar at the gum line as a result of an inadequate daily oral hygiene routine. Other factors, like tobaccos use, alcohol consumption, and medical conditions such as dry mouth or diabetes also increase your chances of developing gum disease.
Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It often results when plaque and residual food particles are not effectively removed during the twice daily brushing and flossing of your teeth. These substances then harden into tartar, thus exposing your gum tissues to a constant bacterial presence which leads to inflammation. Initial symptoms of gingivitis include gums that bleed easily from brushing and flossing, as well as bad breath and red or inflamed looking gums.
In most cases, gingivitis can be countered by a thoroughly dental cleaning performed by our Supra-Gingival dentistry team. This will remove all traces of hardened tartar. We can then help you make the necessary improvements to your oral hygiene routine. In many cases, this can effectively reverse the effects of gingivitis and help you prevent future occurrences.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gingivitis, please call the dental office of Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz in Studio City, California at (818) 755-2920 to have it treated before further complications set in. We are always here to help you maintain your healthy smile!