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It is estimated by the American Dental Association that nearly half of all people age 30 and over have gum disease to a varying degree. At the same time the Centers for Disease Control also reports that 64% of people 65 and over struggle with moderate to severe gum disease.

Hardened tartar at the gum line, formed by residual food particles and plaque built up, is the leading cause of gum disease. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. This often causes gums to bleed during brushing and flossing. Gums might also look red or inflamed and many people with gingivitis also struggle with chronic bad breath.

Improvements to your oral hygiene routine and attending your regular dental checkup with Dr. Haefner can often help to resolve gingivitis.

If gingivitis isn’t resolved in a timely manner it can develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. Periodontitis can eventually even compromise the bone structure of your jaw.

If you have questions about plaque and tartar buildup, or you would like tips on how to improve your oral hygiene routine. Please feel free to call Dr. Haefner at 843-884-1215 to schedule an appointment.