Hardened tartar is the result of poor oral hygiene failing to clear away plaque and residual food particles. Tartar is a bacterial-rich substance, and when it is not cleared away from the gum line it quickly promotes gum disease.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Early symptoms often include gums beginning to bleed during the course of routine brushing and flossing. Gums might also look red or inflamed, and many people with gingivitis also struggle with chronic bad breath.
Cleaning hardened tartar from your teeth during your regular dental checkup with one of our skilled dentists will improve your daily oral hygiene routine and will often resolve any symptoms of gingivitis.
Should you choose to ignore or fail to treat gingivitis, it can develop into a more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This infection and inflammation in the gums can cause them to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. Periodontitis can eventually even result in a loss of bone structure where your teeth anchor to your jaw and ultimately, result in tooth loss.
Are you concerned about tartar buildup on your teeth, or do you think you might be developing gum disease? If so, please give our North Point Dental Group team in Corvallis, Oregon a call today and schedule an appointment with one our experienced dentists, Dr. Mark Swensen or Dr. Glenn Balkins. We can be reached at 541-754-4017.