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Periodontal disease is a general inflammation and possible infection of the gum tissues. When poor oral hygiene practices allow hardened tartar to form at the gum line, it can lead to gingivitis. This early form of periodontal disease causes symptoms like red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing as well as problems with chronic bad breath.

In many cases, gingivitis can be remedied through a dental checkup and cleaning procedure at Texas Teeth. You can then prevent future infections with consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.

This includes brushing your teeth twice per day with an abrasive toothpaste and flossing each evening. Ideally, you want to floss after you’re done eating for the day. This will keep food material from bolstering bacterial growth in your mouth while you sleep.

You need to also make sure to floss behind your last tooth. This is an area that is often ignored but it can harbor significant food particles, plaque, and tartar.

Once you are done brushing and flossing, you can rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. This can remove loosened food particles and kill some of the lingering bacteria in your mouth.

If you are concerned that you might have developed gingivitis in Mesquite, Texas, you should call 972-270-2062 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scharla Collins.