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If you don’t maintain good oral hygiene practices plaque and tartar can accumulate on your teeth. As this starts to happen your gums might start to appear inflamed and could bleed easily when brushing and flossing your teeth. These are early symptoms of gingivitis. This form of gum disease can often be addressed with treatments from our dentist, Dr. Gustavo Ruiz. The dentist will talk with you about your treatment options, which may involve a deep cleaning and recommendations for improving your daily oral hygiene efforts.

Left unchecked, your gingivitis could develop into the more aggressive form of gum disease, which is known as periodontitis. At this stage, your gum disease can cause your gums to recede from your teeth. This can allow an infection to build up near the roots of your teeth. This infection will expose the roots of your teeth and could cause a loss of bone structure in your jaws. It is also worth noting that new research has found a relationship between periodontitis and other medical conditions. This could include an increased risk of stroke, heart disease and complications related to diabetes.

If you are in the Tampa, Florida, region and you have been experiencing the early symptoms of gum disease, you should call 813-289-3640 to set up an appointment at Periodontal and Implant Esthetics.