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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that 47 percent of adults over 30 years old 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.

Risk factors, like tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and medical conditions (like dry mouth or diabetes), also increase your chances of developing gum disease.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. This level of inflammation occurs when plaque and residual food particles are not effectively removed while brushing and flossing your teeth. These substances then harden into tartar, thus exposing your gum tissues to a constant bacterial presence, which leads to inflammation.

Early symptoms of gingivitis include gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing, bad breath, and red or inflamed gums.

Most of the time, gingivitis can be counteracted by a thorough dental cleaning from your dentist, Dr. Ghina Morad. This will remove all traces of hardened tartar. Our team 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 in San Carlos, California, you should call Ghina Morad, DDS at 650-592-6396 to have it treated before further complications set in.