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The American Dental Association estimates that each year 47 percent of adults over 30 years of age have some degree of gum disease. It is usually caused by hardened tartar at the gumline resulting from an inadequate or inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine.

Things like regular tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and medical conditions like dry mouth can also act as increased risk factors for developing gum disease.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. This is often a result of plaque and residual food particles not effectively being removed by your daily oral hygiene routine. 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 gums.

Most of the time, gingivitis can be counteracted by a thorough dental cleaning from your dentist, Dr. Miles Mason. This will remove all traces of hardened tartar. Your dentist 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 suspect that you’ve develop gingivitis in Conroe, Texas, you should call (936) 756-1669 to schedule an appointment at Montgomery County Periodontal Associates.