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Poor oral hygiene habits can leave residual food material, bacterial deposits, and plaque buildup in your mouth. If these substances are not removed in a reasonable amount of time they can harden into bacterial calculus, which is known to promote periodontal disease.

This typically starts out as the gum inflammation of gingivitis. Initial symptoms can cause your gums to appear red or inflamed. This is often accompanied by a bleeding easily when brushing and flossing. Many people with gingivitis issues also struggle with chronic bad breath.

Without professional diagnosis and treatment by a dentist like Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens, gingivitis can gradually worsen into the serious periodontal infection of periodontitis. The pockets of infection in your periodontal tissues can gradually cause your gum tissues to recede from your teeth. This can eventually lead to a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

It’s also worth noting that a recently growing body of research has found a relative link between the systemic inflammation of periodontitis and other medical conditions like diabetes, increased risk of stroke, and heart disease. While it can’t cause these conditions gum disease can potentially symptoms and impact your treatment options.

If you live in the Durango, Colorado, area and you suspect you have periodontal disease, you should call 970.259.1646 to seek treatment at Durango Dentistry.