Residual food particles and plaque buildup can carry a significant bacterial load. If they are not cleaned away during the course of your daily oral hygiene routine, they can harden into tartar, this can pose a significant threat to your oral health by encouraging periodontal disease.
It is estimated by the American Dental Association that approximately 47% of people age 30 and older have gum disease to some degree. The Centers for Disease Control also reports that 64% of people 65 and over have been diagnosed with moderate to severe periodontal disease.
Hardened tartar at the gum line, is the leading cause of gum disease. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. This often causes gums to bleed during brushing and flossing. Gums might also look red or inflamed and many people with gingivitis also struggle with chronic bad breath.
With diligent improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine, through brushing and effectively flossing twice each day you can start to reverse the presence of bacteria in your mouth. However, hardened tartar can only be removed from your teeth by the tools and training provided by Dr. Golden Laser Dental at your twice-annual dental cleaning and checkup.
If gingivitis is allowed to advance unchecked, it will eventually develop into the more dangerous form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. This can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. Periodontitis can eventually even compromise the bone structure of your jaw.
If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease, or you are due for your regular dental cleaning and checkup, you should call Dr. Golden Laser Dental at 313-371-9880 to schedule an appointment.