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Gum disease and periodontal inflammation can cause discomfort, bad breath, bleeding gums, and other complications with your oral and overall health. In time, untreated gum disease can lead to the loss of multiple teeth as well as medical complications.

The earliest form of gum disease is known as gingivitis. If it’s caught in a reasonable amount of time, a thorough dental cleaning from a dentist like Dr. John P. Blake can remediate the presence of hardened tartar to reduce inflammation in the periodontal tissues. You can then help prevent the redevelopment of gum disease with an improved focus on your daily brushing and flossing efforts.

Without professional treatment and remediation, the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis could worsen into periodontitis.

This significant infection in the gum tissues can cause your gum line to recede from the bases of your teeth. The accumulating pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth could eventually result in the loss of bone structure and multiple teeth.

Treating this level of gum disease might require oral surgery, root planning, or the use of prescription medications. Going forward, you will need to make a conscious effort to thoroughly brush your teeth two times each day and floss at least once each evening.

If you live in the Lake Orion, Michigan, area, and if you have a periodontal health concern, you should call 248.693.5800 to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning at John Blake, DDS, PC.