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Hardened tartar at the gum line often occurs when an inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine fails to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth. The continual bacterial presence can cause periodontal inflammation. Also known as gingivitis, this early form of periodontal disease can cause your gums to appear red or inflamed gums, and they might also tend to bleed easily during brushing and flossing.

Many people with gum health issues also struggle with chronic bad breath. Without diagnosis and treatment at Dr. Joel Manalese’s dental office, periodontal disease can gradually progress into the serious infection of periodontitis. This severe periodontal infection can cause your gum tissues to pull back from the base of your teeth forming pockets of infection in the dental sockets. This can eventually lead to a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

Recent research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and other medical conditions like diabetes, increased risk of stroke, and heart disease. While it can’t cause these conditions gum disease can heighten symptoms and affect the available treatment options.

Be sure to contact our office as soon as possible if you are experiencing any symptoms so you can get an examination. If you live in the Riverside, California, area and you suspect you have periodontal disease, you should call 951-888-5805 to seek treatment at Regal Dentistry.