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Gum disease needlessly afflicts the oral health of millions of Americans each year. Also known as periodontal disease, it is typically caused by poor oral hygiene practices that allow hardened tartar to form on your teeth. Your chances of developing this potentially dangerous gum infection is significantly increased if you procrastinate your routine dental checkup at Next Level Dental.

Periodontal disease often starts out as the mild gum infection known as gingivitis. Common symptoms often include red or inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily after brushing and flossing. At the same time, many gingivitis sufferers also complain of chronic bad breath problems.

With early diagnosis, gingivitis can be treated with a thorough dental cleaning at our clinic. Once all traces of tartar have been removed, Dr. Coley Ramsey can help you understand how to improve your oral hygiene to prevent gingivitis from reoccurring.

Should gum disease go untreated, it will develop into the most dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection deep down at the root. In time, this can even lead to a loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

Further research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

If you live in the Smyrna, Tennessee, area and you are concerned about the health of your gums, you should call 615-459-6354 to schedule a checkup at Next Level Dental.