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Gum disease in Carlsbad, California, is an infection of your gum tissues that usually results from the constant bacterial presence of hardened tartar. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. Some telltale symptoms of gingivitis include red or otherwise inflamed gums that often bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Gingivitis could also include issues with chronic bad breath.

If the hardened tartar isn’t removed from your teeth frequently, which can be accomplished by attending your regular dental checkup and cleaning at Steven A. Beuligmann, DDS Inc, gingivitis can develop into the more dangerous form of periodontal disease, which is known as periodontitis.

This infection that is deep in the gum tissues causes your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. If left unchecked, periodontitis can even result in the loss of bone structure in the jaw bone.

Flossing can help prevent gum disease. The ideal flossing technique is more than simply moving the strand of floss back and forth. An effective flossing technique starts by wrapping the excess floss around your middle fingers. Then, firmly grip a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape and gently clear the space between the teeth and your gumline. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.

If you are concerned about gum disease or your flossing technique, you should call our experienced dental team at 760.729.5964 to set up an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann.