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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues in your mouth. Hardened tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. as gingivitis. Common symptoms include red or otherwise inflamed gums that often bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Many people gingivitis to also struggle with chronic bad breath.

In time gingivitis will develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. When this happens the infection deep in the gum tissues, starts to cause your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth. This allows small pockets of infection to form near the roots of your teeth. In time, this level of gum disease can even result in a loss of bone structure in the part of your jaw that anchors your teeth.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice per day is the most effective way to remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar.

The most effective flossing technique starts by wrapping excess floss around your middle fingers. Then firmly grip a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape and gently clear the space between the teeth and your gum line. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.

Your twice-annual dental checkup with Dr. Alan Goral includes a cleaning procedure to help remove hardened tartar before it can become a serious problem.

If you are concerned about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call Dr. Alan Goral at 303-933-2273 to schedule an appointment.