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Gum disease is a serious inflammation or infection of the gum tissues. It is typically caused by hardened tartar formation at the gumline. Early on, the inflammation of gingivitis can make the gums bleed while brushing and flossing. This could also leave your gums looking red and inflamed and it could cause chronic bad breath.

With a professional dental cleaning at Fine Periodontics, the tartar can be removed to reduce the bacteria at the gum line. You can then prevent further occurrence with concentrated improvements to your daily oral hygiene regimen.

Procrastinating professional care will only allow the infection in the gums to escalate. This could turn modest gingivitis into the far more serious condition known as periodontitis.

This level of periodontal inflammation and infection can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots. Periodontitis can eventually even compromise the bone structure of your jaw, resulting in multiple tooth loss.

The systemic inflammation can also have an impact on other medication conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and strokes. While gum disease does not cause these medical conditions, the effect on your immune system can exacerbate symptoms and limit treatment options.

If you live in the Greenville, South Carolina, area and you have concerns about the health of your gums, you should call 864-299-5900 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Norman B. Fine.