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It is estimated by the American Dental Association estimates that approximately 47% of adults over age 30, have some form of periodontal disease. At the same time the Centers for Disease Control also reports that that 64% of people over age 65 have moderate to severe periodontal disease.

Hardened tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of periodontal disease. It is formed when residual food particles and plaque are not thoroughly cleaned away by your daily oral hygiene routine. 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. Some people with gingivitis also complain of chronic bad breath.

Periodontitis is the more serious form of periodontal disease. In time periodontitis, can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. Periodontitis can even cause a reduction in the bone structure that anchors your teeth to your jaw.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. This should be followed immediately by flossing between teeth and around the gum line. This will effectively remove plaque and food particles before they have the chance to harden into dangerous tartar near the gum line.

This all should be followed by the cleaning procedure that is part of the regular dental checkup at Mill Creek General Dentistry.

If you have questions about plaque and tartar buildup, or you are due for your next dental cleaning, please feel free to call Mill Creek General Dentistry at 425-337-5549 to schedule an appointment.