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Gum disease is often the direct result of poor oral hygiene habits. Failing to brush your teeth each morning and night or failing to remember to floss at least once per day can leave hardened tartar on the base of your teeth near the gumline.

If it persists this constant bacterial presence can lead to the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis. Early symptoms of a problem like this often include gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing as well as chronic bad breath problems.

If you are concerned about the health of your gums, the wisest course of action is to schedule a checkup from a qualified dentist like Dr. Nidal Obeid.

After assessing the severity of your periodontal health problem, he will help you develop an effective treatment plan. In many of these cases gingivitis can be remediated with a thorough dental cleaning or a dental root planing treatment.

Increased flossing focus is especially important for ensuring that all the surfaces of your teeth have been cleaned. This starts by wrapping a modest length of dental floss around your fingers before gripping a small section.

You should then gently insert the dental floss between two teeth and curve it slightly to maximize contact with the dental contour. Then gently clear the space between the teeth while also working the dental floss into your gumline. It’s also important to floss behind your rear molars.

If you live in the Palatine, Illinois, area and you have periodontal health concerns, you should call 847-485-8767 for diagnosis and treatment at Family Dental of Palatine.