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The health of your gums can have a significant impact on your overall quality of life. While early onset gum disease, which is known as gingivitis, can prove inconvenient, the more serious form of gum disease, which is known as periodontitis, can impact your overall medical health.

Hardened tartar or calculus from poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of gum disease. This constant bacterial presence inflames the gums and makes them bleed easily during daily brushing and flossing.

A professional dental cleaning and checkup at 21st Century Dental Care can help abate gingivitis symptoms. Improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine can also help.

Without professional care, gingivitis will gradually develop into the far more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This severe inflammation and infection can cause your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth, forming small pockets of bacterial infection near the roots of your teeth. In time, this can also result in a loss of bone structure, which on its own can result in the loss of otherwise healthy teeth.

Continuing research has also found that the systemic inflammation of periodontal disease can also have an impact on other medical conditions. This can increase complications with diabetes, heart disease and chances of stroke. While it doesn’t cause these issues, it does seem to limit treatment options and it can lead to further complications.

If you live in the Basking Ridge, New Jersey, area and you have concerns about the health of your gums, you should call (908) 604-5959 to seek professional care at 21st Century Dental Care.