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It’s worth noting that simply brushing your teeth twice each day is not sufficient for removing the necessary amount of plaque, food particles, and other bacterial matter from your mouth. Flossing at least once per day, preferably after you are done eating for the evening, is also essential for preventing plaque acid buildup and hardened tartar development at the gumline.

Left unchecked, these poor oral hygiene habits can significantly increase your chances of suffering the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis. Common symptoms often include gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing, as well as gum tissues that look red or otherwise inflamed. It might also be accompanied by chronic bad breath problems.

Early onset cases of gingivitis can often be remediated by having Dr. Frank C. Raymer and his team perform a professional dental cleaning. Afterward, our dentist can then help you identify any areas of your oral hygiene routine that need improvement. This can help prevent gum disease from redeveloping in the future.

Without professional treatment the inflammation of gingivitis can progress into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of inflammation and infection deep in the periodontal tissues can eventually cause the gums to recede from the base of your teeth. It can even promote the development of pockets of infection forming near the roots of your teeth.

If you live in Irvine, California, and you are experiencing signs of gum disease, you should call 949-551-2606 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at our clinic.