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Failing to brush your teeth twice each day or having a bad habit to remember to thoroughly floss at least once each day can leave excess food particles and plaque in your mouth. As time goes on these bacterial deposits can start to calcify and transform into hardened tartar. As it starts to build up on the base of your teeth near the gumline, you can be at increased risk of suffering from gum disease.

Initial signs of a periodontal health problem like gingivitis could include gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss, gums that appear inflamed, as well as problems chronic bad breath. If this gum inflammation condition is caught in a reasonable amount of time Dr. Kenneth Hancock might be able to remediate the problem with a comprehensive dental cleaning. This should be followed up by consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.

Going forward you will need to make a consistent and conscientious effort to brush your teeth each morning and night, while also making sure to thoroughly floss your teeth each day. This includes flossing along the gumline and making sure to clear away food particles and bacterial deposits from behind each of your rear molars.

If you live in the Olympia, Washington, area and you are concerned about the health of your gums, you should call 360-464-2099 to schedule a dental checkup with the oral care professionals at Kenneth Hancock DDS’s dental office.