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Brushing and flossing your teeth is an important part of an effective oral hygiene routine. If you notice that your gums are bleeding during any part of this basic regimen, you shouldn’t dismiss it as a sign of aggressive brushing and flossing. In many of these instances bleeding and inflamed looking gums is an early sign of gum disease.

Also known as periodontal disease, this is a serious gum health condition that afflicts an estimated 47% of people over the age of thirty. The Centers for Disease Control have also reported that an estimated 64% of people over the age of sixty-five have an advanced form of gum disease.

It typically starts out as the gum inflammation condition known as gingivitis. This can be treated by a professional dental cleaning at Dr. Jack Schwarcz’s dental offices. Once all traces of tartar have been removed from your teeth and gumline, you can further prevent recurrence of gum disease by maintaining a consistent daily oral hygiene routine.

Without professional care gingivitis can escalate into the serious condition which is known as periodontitis. This severe inflammation can cause your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth. This can allow a deep infection to form near the roots of your teeth. In time, this could cause multiple cases of tooth loss, and might require oral surgical procedures to treat.

If you live in the Center Line, Michigan, area and you have gum health concerns, you should call 586-757-5454 to seek diagnosis and treatment at Eastside Periodontics.