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Maintaining a healthy mouth starts with making daily efforts to prevent cavities and problems with gum disease. Brushing your teeth twice a day and remembering to floss every evening helps clear away bacterial deposits from the faces and spaces between your teeth.

If plaque and residual food particles are not cleared away by your oral hygiene routine, they could cause a chronic buildup of plaque acids as well as hardened tartar near the gumline. These two factors can significantly increase your chances of suffering from cavities and gum disease.

Early symptoms of gum disease often manifest in periodontal tissues that bleed easily when brushing and flossing. In many of these cases, the gums also look red or otherwise inflamed. Many people with gum disease also struggle with chronic bad breath problems.

With timely detection, the earliest stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis can often be treated by having a dentist like Dr. Damon Wright administer a dental cleaning or root planing treatment. After all bacterial deposits have been removed he can help you identify areas of improvement for your oral hygiene routine.

In many of these cases increased focus when flossing helps reduce rates of recurrence. It’s also important to make sure you are flossing all aspects of the gumline as well as cleaning the space behind each of your back molars.

If you live in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and you are experiencing the early symptoms of gum disease, you should call 870.932.2300 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Wright Family Dentistry.