Hardened tartar is formed when plaque and residual food particles are not thoroughly cleaned from teeth. When it forms near the gum line tartar introduces an almost constant bacterial presence to sensitive gum tissues. This is considered to be the leading cause of gum disease.
Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. This causes gums to bleed easily when brushing and flossing, and often causes problems with chronic bad breath. In many cases, the gums might also look red or inflamed. Improvements to your oral hygiene regimen and attending your regular dental checkup with your Country Club Dental dentist will help to remove hardened tartar. This will allow gums to heal and the inflammation should subside with time.
Without timely treatment gingivitis will inevitably develop into the more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of inflammation and infection causes the gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth. This allows pockets of infection to form deep within the gums near the roots of the teeth. Periodontitis can even result in a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth to your jaw.
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will help prevent tartar build up. Your regular dental checkup and cleaning at our clinic will remove any traces of hardened tartar that does form.
If you have questions or concerns about gum disease, or you are due for your next dental checkup, you should not delay in calling Country Club Dental’s clinic in Stockton, California at 209.451.2848 to schedule an appointment.