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Hardened tartar that accumulates on your teeth near the gumline is one of the leading causes of the gum inflammation condition, which is known as gingivitis. This can cause your gums to look inflamed and bleed easily when you brush and floss. Some people also complain of chronic bad breath associated with gingivitis.

If it’s left untreated, the mild periodontal inflammation of gingivitis can worsen into the periodontitis. This severe and chronic gum infection can cause your periodontal tissues to recede from the base of your teeth at the gumline.

When this happens, small, yet concentrated pockets of infected material can start to build up near the roots of multiple teeth. In time, this can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Continuing research has also found a relationship between chronic periodontal disease and other medical conditions. The system inflammation associated with this condition can increase your chances of suffering from heart disease, diabetes, and increased risk of stroke.

The severity of your periodontal disease will determine the treatment strategy that Dr. Brant Pittsley advocates. In a severe case, it could include oral surgery, gingival flap resection, prescription antibiotics, or dental root planing.

If you live in the Davisburg, Michigan, area and you have gum disease concerns, you should call 248-634-7002 to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Brant Pittsley and the oral care specialists at MI Beautiful Smile.