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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that gum disease afflicts the oral health of 47 percent of people over the age of 30. Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It is often the result of bacterial-rich tartar hardening at the gumline. This causes inflammation in the sensitive gum tissues. Common symptoms include red or inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing as well as problems with chronic bad breath.

Common symptoms should be taken as warning signs. Early diagnosis of gingivitis allows for easy treatment and future prevention. This involves improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine after a thorough dental cleaning at Fisher Distinctive Dentistry.

This includes brushing your teeth twice per day with an abrasive toothpaste and flossing each evening after you are done eating for the day. When flossing, be sure to also make sure to clean behind your last tooth. This is an area that is often ignored but it can harbor significant food particles, plaque, and tartar.

Once you are done brushing and flossing, you can then rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. This will remove loose food particles and kill some of the lingering bacteria in your mouth.

If you live in the Port Orchard, WA, area and you have gingivitis concerns, you should call 360-876-0445 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment with our professional team.