If your daily efforts at brushing and flossing fail to fully remove stray food particles and plaque from your teeth, the poor oral hygiene condition in your mouth can contribute to a wide range of oral health issues. In time the lingering bacterial deposits can gradually harden into tartar. The presence of this bacteria-laden material near the gumline can eventually lead to the inflammation of gum disease.
The earliest form, which is known as gingivitis, typically causes the gums to bleed easily as well as appear inflamed. Many people struggling with gum disease also experience problems with chronic bad breath.
If you have noticed a problem with your gums, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a dentist like Dr. Leila Ebrahimpoor. With early detection, gum disease might be treated by a comprehensive dental cleaning or a dental root planning procedure.
Once all traces of bacterial deposits and hardened tartar have been removed, you will need to apply increased focus in your daily oral hygiene habits. This includes thoroughly brushing your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, as well as remembering to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline.
If you live in the Ottawa, Ontario, area and you have noticed early signs of gum disease, you should call (613) 226-4562 to set up an appointment at Skyline Dental Associates.