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If you struggle to maintain good oral hygiene habits, it could lead to a gradual buildup of tartar on your teeth near the gumline. Over time this can cause your gums might to appear inflamed and could lead to issues with minor bleeding when you brush and floss.

These symptoms often manifest as gingivitis continues to develop. With timely detection, a dentist like Dr. Daniel Richards can often treat gingivitis with a thorough dental cleaning or other measures intended to remove tartar from the roots of your teeth.

After treatment he will likely also recommend making some focused improvements in your daily oral hygiene efforts. Meticulously brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, as well as remembering to thoroughly brush your teeth once each day can significantly reduce your chances of suffering gingivitis again.

Left untreated gingivitis could worsen into the more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis. The deep periodontal inflammation associated with this form of gum disease can gradually cause your gumline to recede from your teeth.

As this problem develops it can also cause small pockets of infection to build up near the roots of your teeth. In time the constant bacterial presence could weaken the roots of your teeth or cause a loss of bone structure in your mouth.

If you are in the Vestavia Hills, Alabama, region and you have been experiencing the early symptoms of gum disease, you should call (205) 823-6300 to set up an appointment at Daniel Richards, DMD.