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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that 47 percent of adults over 30 years of age have some degree of gum disease. Of equal concern is a report published by the Centers for Disease Control, estimating that 64 percent of people over age 65 have moderate-to-severe gum disease.

Gum disease often starts when food particles and plaque are not removed from your teeth with daily brushing and flossing. When this happens, they can harden into bacterial-rich tartar at the gumline. Your chances of developing gum disease are increased by other activities such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Certain medical conditions like dry mouth or diabetes also serve as increased risk factors.

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

A dental cleaning at Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants and improvement in your oral hygiene routine can often reverse gingivitis. Without treatment and modification, gingivitis can develop into the most dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis causes your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection deep down at the root. In time, this can even lead to the loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

Continuing research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and medical conditions, like diabetes and heart disease.

If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease in Ocoee, Florida, you should call 407-378-0877 to explore the treatment options your dentist, Dr. Ryan Mendro, offers.