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Sometimes even minor inconsistencies in your oral hygiene routine can lead to hardened tartar accumulating on your teeth near the gumline. As time goes on this can increase your chances of suffering from gum disease and other periodontal health complications.

Early symptoms of gum disease such as inflamed gums that bleed easily and chronic bad breath should not be ignored. These symptoms are often associated with the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis.

Without professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Donald Hermansen, gingivitis could worsen into the very dangerous form of gum disease which is known as periodontitis. Patients suffering from gingivitis might benefit from a thorough dental cleaning or a root planing treatment to remove hardened tartar from the roots of the teeth.

Once this is done you will need to make a concerted effort to practice a more consistent and effective daily oral hygiene. Remembering to brush your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association is often a good place to start. You also need to remember to thoroughly floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once each day.

If you are in the Redwood City, California, area and you have been experiencing the early signs and symptoms of gum disease, you should call 650-716-2500 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Donald R. Hermansen DDS.