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An inconsistent oral hygiene routine invites a host of potential oral hygiene problems. This includes an increased risk of cavities and periodontal disease caused by the persistent presence of plaque acids, and hardened tartar near the gumline.

The earliest form of periodontal disease, which is known as gingivitis, often includes gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing, inflamed gums, and persistent bad breath. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the wisest course of action is to seek professional diagnosis and treatment from a dentist like Dr. H. Michael Long

Without professional treatment, the mild periodontal inflammation of gingivitis can worsen into a more serious form of periodontal disease. This condition, which is known as periodontitis could cause your gumline to recede from the base of your teeth.

As it starts to progress small, concentrated pockets of infected material can start to accumulate near the roots of your teeth. Over time untreated periodontitis can cause a depletion of oral bone structure and the loss of multiple teeth.

Recent research has also found a relationship between the systemic inflammation of chronic periodontitis and other medical conditions. This can potentially increase your chances of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, and increased chances of suffering a stroke.   

If you live in the Tullahoma, Tennessee area and you have periodontal disease concerns, you should call 931-455-2595 to schedule a dental checkup at H. Michael Long, DDS.