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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease. It is primarily caused by hardened tartar at the gumline. This is often the result of an inconsistent or inadequate daily oral hygiene routine. Other factors, like tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and medical conditions like dry mouth or diabetes, also increase your chances of developing gum disease.

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It occurs when plaque and residual food particles are not effectively removed during the twice-daily brushing and daily flossing of your teeth. These substances then harden into tartar, thus exposing your gum tissues to a constant bacterial presence, which leads to inflammation.

Initial symptoms of gingivitis include gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing as well as bad breath and red or inflamed gums.

In many cases, gingivitis can be treated by a dental checkup and cleaning at Dr. Kent Stapley & Dr. Nathan Kitchen. Once the hardened tartar has been removed, improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine can help clear up any lingering issues and keep gingivitis away from your smile.

If you are concerned that you might be developing gingivitis in Mesa, Arizona, you should call 480-830-8946 to seek treatment from your dentist, Dr. Dr. Kent Stapley & Dr. Nathan Kitchen.