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The American Dental Association estimates that 47% of the adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. At the same time the CDC has found that 64% of people over age 65 have moderate to severe gum disease.

Food particles and bacteria in the mouth can quickly develop into a film of plaque. If plaque is not removed it can harden into tartar. Tartar is especially harmful at the gum line, where it constantly exposes gum tissues to bacterial and the risk of infection and inflammation.

Without proper treatment advanced gum disease, can cause your teeth to recede from the gums exposing pockets where infection can form. Over time this can also cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth.

An effective and diligent oral hygiene routine will go a long way towards removing plaque. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste with fluoride. Flossing around the gum line is the most effective way to remove food particle and plaque in the places that your toothbrush can’t reach.

Once tartar develops it can only be removed by the professional tools and techniques used by your dentist. This means it is especially important for you to keep your twice annual dental checkup and cleaning appointment.

If you are due for your next dental cleaning, please feel free to call us at 505.592.0477 to schedule an appointment.