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As hardened tartar starts to build up on your teeth near the gumline, the constant bacterial presence near the periodontal tissues can easily promote gum disease. This is even more likely to be an issue if you have a bad habit of procrastinating your routine dental exams at Dr. Naman B. Patel’s dental office.

The early gum inflammation of gingivitis can cause your gums to appear inflamed, and bleed easily from brushing, and flossing. It is also associated with chronic bad breath.

If gingivitis goes untreated it can gradually develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This severe infection of the periodontal tissues can cause your gumline to pull back from the base of your teeth. As pockets of infection buildup near the roots of your teeth, it can contribute to the loss of multiple teeth, as well as depleting the healthy bone structure in your mouth.

Untreated periodontitis can also cause systemic inflammation complications capable of taxing your immune system. This can have an impact on other medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and increased risk of stroke.

If you live in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and you are concerned about the health of your gums you should call 480-719-7941 to schedule a dental exam at Island Dental.