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Failing to adequately brush your teeth twice each day or forgetting to floss between each of your teeth and gumline at least once per day can cause an increased buildup of plaque and tartar. When that happens, you run the risk of developing gum disease.

Initial signs of gingivitis often include gums that appear red and inflamed. Your gums may bleed when brushing and flossing. Many people struggling with gingivitis issues also experience chronic bad breath. Without professional a diagnosis and treatment from our dentist, Dr. Smith, your gingivitis could gradually become a more serious condition called periodontitis. This severe form of gum disease can cause pockets of infection to develop deep in your gums as they start to gradually recede from your teeth. Over time, this could eventually lead to a loss of your teeth and jawbone.

A growing body of research has found a potential link between gum disease and other medical conditions. It can potentially complicate diabetes or lead to an increased risk of stroke and heart disease. While periodontitis can’t directly cause these conditions, it can allow bacteria that can contribute to them. People who have been diagnosed with severe gum disease should inform their primary physician.

If you live in the Merced, California, area and you suspect you have gum disease, you should call 209-205-4657 to seek treatment at Scott A. Smith DDS.