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The American Dental Association was founded to help American consumers preserve their long term oral health. They do this by providing a series of recommendations, guidelines, and information tools to help maximize your efforts at preventing oral health problems.

Brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once forms the basis of an effective daily oral hygiene regimen. Inconsistencies with this daily practice can leave food residue, excess sugars, and plaque in your mouth. In time they could harden into calculus.

More commonly known as tartar the presence of this bacterial substance at the gumline can significantly increase your chances of suffering from gum disease. This typically starts out as the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis. Initial symptoms often include like this your gums that appear red, or inflamed, and you might struggle to deal with chronic bad breath.

Gingivitis symptoms can often be treated by having a thorough dental cleaning performed at Dr. Lyndel Stripling’s dental office. The professional tools and techniques at his disposal will remove all traces of tartar from your teeth.

After all bacterial matter has been removed, you can prevent further occurrence with consistent improvements to your daily oral hygiene regimen.

Without professional treatment gingivitis can gradually develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. As it worsens, the periodontal infection can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth forming pockets of infection near the roots. The severe periodontal infection can even compromise the bone structure in your mouth leading to multiple tooth loss.

If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you have gum disease concerns, you should call (214) 613-1279 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Lake Highlands Dental.