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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that 47% of adults over 30 years of age experience some degree of gum disease. Even more disconcerting is the report by the Centers for Disease Control estimating that 64% of people over age 65 have moderate to severe gum disease.

Hardened tartar at the gum line is the primary cause of gum disease. Your chances of developing gum disease are increased by activities such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Certain medical conditions like dry mouth or diabetes also serve as increased risk factors.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It often results when plaque and residual food particles are not effectively removed during the twice daily brushing and flossing of your teeth. These substances then harden into tartar, thus exposing your gum tissues to a constant bacterial presence, which leads to inflammation.

If gingivitis is not remediated with a dental cleaning by Dr. Sonny Afshar or Dr. Fara T. Afshar, and improvements made in your oral hygiene routine–gum disease will advance.  Eventually, it will develop into the most harmful form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis causes your gums to recede from the base of your teeth forming pockets of infection deep down at the root. In time, this can even lead to a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth. Additionally, continuing research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

So, if you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease, please call Star Dental in Roseville, California, at 916.773.6222 for timely diagnosis and treatment.