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Each year, millions of American adults struggle with gum disease. While there are many risk factors of gum disease, the main cause of the condition is an inconsistent or ineffective oral hygiene routine, especially if you aren’t visiting the dentist every six months. If you don’t remove plaque and food particles from your teeth or gums, these substances can convert into bacterial-rich tartar and cause gum disease. To help your smile stay healthy, we have provided you with facts on gum disease to keep in mind.

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and its symptoms include chronic bad breath and gums that bleed when you brush or floss your smile. You may also notice that your gums appear red and inflamed. Fortunately, gingivitis can be reversed by improving your oral hygiene routine and scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings with your dentist. We support the American Dental Association in recommending that you brush thoroughly twice each day and floss along the gum line and between your teeth.

If not addressed, gingivitis can to periodontitis, a more harmful stage of gum disease, in which the inflamed gum tissues begin to pull away from the base of the teeth and form pockets of infection near the tooth roots. Untreated periodontitis can eventually result in losing bone structure in the jawbone where your teeth are anchored. Depending on your case, you may need to treated advanced periodontitis with prescription antibiotics or a surgical procedure in order to maintain your gums.

If you would like to speak further with our dentist about how to treat gum disease in Aurora, Colorado, call 303-693-7330 and schedule a time to meet with Dr. John Burkart at Burkart Dental.