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Tartar buildup near the gumline is often linked to poor oral hygiene habits. The bacterial substance can further cause problems with the health of your teeth and gums is you fail to attend your regularly scheduled dental checkup.

In time individuals with hardened tartar on their teeth are increasingly likely to suffer from gum disease. Early symptoms often manifest as the periodontal inflammation and chronic bad breath of gingivitis. Many people suffering from the early stages of gum disease also notice that their gums tend to bleed easily when brushing and flossing.

If it is diagnosed early, a doctor like Dr. J. Whitley Wills can often treat gingivitis with a thorough dental cleaning or other measures intended to remove tartar from the affected areas.

Once this is done our doctor will likely also recommend making some proactive improvements in your daily oral hygiene efforts. Brushing your teeth twice each day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, as well as remembering to thoroughly brush your teeth once each day will significantly reduce your chances of suffering a recurrence of gingivitis.

Without professional treatment the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis could worsen into the more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This level of gum disease can lead to eventual problems with tooth loss and medical complications linked to system inflammation.

If you are in the Memphis, Tennessee, region and you have been experiencing symptoms of gum disease, you should call 901-726-9525 to set up an appointment at Dr. J. Whitley Wills.