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Roughly half of the American adults struggle with gum disease, according to the American Dental Association. Despite the fact that nearly half of all people over the age of 30 have gum disease to some degree, it is a largely preventable disease. If you have been diagnosed with gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, we urge to take steps now to reverse the condition.

Gingivitis occurs when hardened tartar forms at the gum line and creates a constant bacterial presence to that irritates the sensitive gum tissues. Poor dental hygiene and risk factors such as certain medical conditions and regular tobacco use work to accelerate the progression of gum disease.

Common symptoms of gingivitis include chronic bad breath and inflamed or reddened gums that are prone to bleeding when you brush or floss. At this early stage, the infection can often be reversed with regular dental checkups and deep cleanings.

Consistent improvement in your daily oral hygiene routine go a long way in helping you prevent future infections. Changes in your oral care should include brushing your teeth at least twice per day, followed by flossing along the gumline, between each tooth, and behind your back teeth. This last area especially is often ignored, but is an ideal location to harbor food particles, plaque, and tartar.

After brushing and flossing, we recommend that you swish an antiseptic mouthwash around your mouth to remove loose food particles and kill bacteria that may be lingering in your mouth.

If you are worried about your risk of developing gingivitis in Oakdale, Minnesota, you are welcome to call Oakdale Family Dentistry at 651-731-6464 and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Frank Russomanno, Jr., for timely treatment.