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Your daily oral hygiene routine needs to feature brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once each day. This simple, yet consistent practice is designed to remove food particles, residual sugars, and plaque from your mouth before they can promote plaque acid build up or harden into tartar.  If tartar deposits build up on your teeth near the gum line you are at increased risk of developing periodontal disease.

The earliest stage of gum disease, which is known as gingivitis, can often be treated by a thorough dental cleaning from a dentist like Dr. Elhameh Allamehzadeh. This will remove hardened tartar reducing the bacterial exposure to your gums. With consistent improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine, you can prevent further recurrence of periodontal disease.

Should you fail to seek treatment and maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine gingivitis can escalate into periodontitis. This severe gum infection can eventually cause a deep infection in your gums near the roots of your teeth. In time this could lead to tooth loss and even affect other medical conditions.

If you live in the San Diego, California, area and you have gum health or oral hygiene concerns, you should call 619-542-1800 to schedule an appointment at Dr. Ellie's Gentle Dentistry.