It is estimated that 47% of the adult population over the age of 30 has some form of gum disease. The CDC also reports that 64% of people 65 and over will develop advanced gum disease. Hardened tartar at the gum line, formed by plaque and residual food particles that are not cleaned away in your daily oral hygiene routine, is the most common cause of gum disease.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Common symptoms include: gums bleeding during brushing and flossing. Gums might also look red or inflamed, and many people with gingivitis also struggle with chronic bad breath.
Improvements to your oral hygiene routine and attending your regular dental checkup at MacArthur Family Dental can often help to resolve gingivitis.
If gingivitis is allowed to advance, it can develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This infection and inflammation in the gums can cause them to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. Periodontitis can eventually even result in a loss of bone structure where your teeth anchor to your jaw, and the loss of teeth.
If you have questions about plaque and tartar buildup, or concerns about gum disease, you should call MacArthur Family Dental at 714-557-0882 to schedule an appointment.