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The American Dental Associations advocates a consistent daily oral hygiene routine based on brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once. This will help to remove bacterial deposits from your teeth and gumline. Inconsistencies in this daily regimen can cause hardened tartar to build up, thus increasing your chances of suffering periodontal health problems.

The ADA estimates that 47% of people over the age of 30 have some degree of gum disease. The Centers for Disease Control have also reported that an estimated 64% of people over the age of 65 have advanced periodontal health problems.   

Early on gum disease tends to start out as the periodontal condition which is known as gingivitis. This can cause your gums to look inflamed, bleed easily, and chronic bad breath. You should not dismiss some pink discharge when brushing and flossing for an overly aggressive technique. This is often an early sign of a periodontal infection.

With early diagnosis, gingivitis might be treated by a dental cleaning with Dr. Eric Eusebio. Once this has removed all traces of tartar from your teeth and gum line, you can further prevent recurrence of gum disease with improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you live in the Chula Vista, California, area and you have noticed early signs of gingivitis, you should call 619.482.1962 to seek diagnosis and treatment at Smiles of East Lake.