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The natural bacteria in your mouth feed off of residual food particles and sugars in your mouth. If they are not cleaned away during the course of your daily oral hygiene routine it can form into plaque, which can quickly harden into tartar. Hardened tartar at the gum line is considered to be the leading cause of gum 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.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. This often causes gums to bleed during brushing and flossing. Gums might also look red or inflamed and you might struggle to deal with chronic bad breath.

Consistent improvements in 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 techniques used during your dental checkup and cleaning with Dr. C.R. (Chip) Edwards, Jr..

Should gingivitis go untreated it will eventually develop into a more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots. Periodontitis can eventually even compromise the bone structure of your jaw, resulting in multiple tooth loss.

If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease, you should not delay in calling Dr. C.R. (Chip) Edwards, Jr.’s office in Sanford, Florida at (407) 322.6052 to schedule an appointment.