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Simple inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine can allow food particles and plaque buildup to gradually harden into tartar. If you skip one of your regularly scheduled dental checkups the lingering bacterial deposits near the gumline can significantly increase your chances of suffering from gum disease.

The earliest manifestation of gingivitis typically starts out with inflamed gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing as well as chronic bad breath. Without professional treatment for a dentist like Dr. Joel Wiersum gingivitis could worsen into the very dangerous form of gum disease which is known as periodontitis.

After our dentist removes the bacterial deposits from your teeth and surrounding periodontal tissues, you will need to make a concentrated effort to improve daily oral hygiene. Remembering to brush your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association will help clear away bacterial deposits from the surfaces of your teeth. You also need to remember to thoroughly floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day.

Regular attendance at your routine dental checkups will provide your teeth with a professional cleaning while also monitoring the overall health of your teeth and gums.

If you are in the Kodiak, Alaska, area and you have been experiencing the early signs and symptoms of gum disease, you should call 907-486-3475 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Alaska Smile Center.