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Your daily oral hygiene routine is a foundational element for maintaining a healthy mouth. To aid in this effort the American Dental Association encourages you to brush your teeth twice each day and floss at least once.

This simple daily regimen will help to remove plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar. Inconsistencies in the performance and effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene routine can allow hardened tartar to build up at your gumline.

As this starts to happen your chances of developing gum disease and other periodontal health complications will increase.

Early on gingivitis can be treated at Dr. Scott A. Ervin’s dental office in Terrell, Texas. Afterward, he can then help you improve any areas of your daily oral hygiene routine that might be lacking. This can help prevent gum disease from redeveloping in the future.

Without professional treatment, gingivitis can escalate into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of inflammation and infection in the gum tissues starts to cause the gums to recede from the base of your teeth. Eventually, pockets of infection can form near the roots of your teeth.

As time goes by the chronic gum infection can even result in a loss of bone structure near the roots of your teeth. The system inflammation associated with periodontitis can also affect other medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and your risk of stroke.

If you live in Terrell, Texas, and you have periodontal health concerns, you should call 972-563-1670 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Scott A. Ervin DDS PA.