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Gum disease is a serious condition afflicting the oral health of an estimated 47 percent of people over the age of 30. This inflammation and potentially dangerous infection of the gums can have a significant negative impact on your oral health and quality of life.

Gum disease has varying degrees. The earliest form is known as gingivitis. Initial symptoms include gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing as well as issues with chronic bad breath. In many cases, the gums might also look red or inflamed.

Gingivitis can often be resolved through improvements in your oral hygiene routine and your twice-annual dental checkup and cleaning with Dr. Kenneth Schweizer.

Without professional treatment and improved oral hygiene measures, gingivitis can exacerbate into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of inflammation and infection in the gum tissues starts to cause the gums to recede from the base of your teeth. Eventually, pockets of infection start to form near the roots of your teeth.

Without treatment, it can even result in a loss of bone structure near the roots of your teeth. In some cases, severe periodontitis might require prescription antibiotics to effectively treat and resolve the problem.

Consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine is the best preventative measure against gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and then floss each evening between your teeth and along the gumline. Be sure to also floss behind each of your rear molars.

If you have concerns about gum disease in Sarasota, Florida, you should call 941-926-4888 to understand your treatment options at Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA.