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The periodontal inflammation caused by gum disease can start with some mild discomfort. But without professional treatment, something as seemingly minor as mild gingivitis can become a very serious periodontal infection.

Left untreated, gum disease that becomes as severe as chronic periodontitis can cause your gumline to recede. It could potentially cause an infection near the roots of your teeth and result in tooth loss.

The American Dental Association notes that a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene regimen is the first line of defense against gum disease and tooth decay. You should brush your teeth for two minutes each morning and evening, and floss at least once per day to remove food particles and plaque which can harden into tartar.

You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste formulated with mild abrasives when you brush your teeth. Be sure to clean each tooth by moving the brush head in a small circular motion, rather than simply sawing the brush head back and forth.

When flossing you should start by gently curving the floss around each tooth each tooth, and floss below, and then away from the gum line. Don’t forget the areas behind your molars. These areas can easily trap stray food particles and they provide places for plaque to accumulate.

You should also schedule a dental checkup with our dentist, Dr. Bennett R. Shanker every six months.  This will help detect any early signs of cavities, gum disease or oral cancer. If a problem is found, we will help you understand your treatment options.

If you live in the Bridgeton, New Jersey, area and you are concerned about the health of your teeth or gums, please call 856-455-1183 to schedule a dental checkup with the oral care specialists at Shanker Dental.