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Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It often results from the formation of bacterial-rich hardened tartar at the gumline. This causes inflammation in the sensitive gum tissues. Common symptoms, like gums that bleed easily and chronic bad breath, should be viewed as warning signs.

The American Dental Association estimates that each year 47 percent of adults over 30 years of age have some degree of gum disease. It is primarily the result of hardened tartar at the gumline due to an inadequate or inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine.

Things like regular tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and medical conditions like dry mouth can also act as increased risk factors for developing gum disease.

Most of the time, gingivitis can be counteracted by a thorough dental cleaning from your dentist, Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry. This will remove all traces of hardened tartar. Your dentist can then help you make the necessary improvements to your oral hygiene routine. In many cases, this can effectively reverse the effects of gingivitis and help you prevent future occurrences.

Without effective treatment and prevention, gingivitis can exacerbate, developing into the dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

If you suspect that you’ve developed gingivitis in Houston, Texas, you should call (713) 723-2600 to schedule an appointment at TLN Family Dental.