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Gum disease is often a condition of inflammation or infection in the periodontal tissues. Every year it needlessly afflicts the oral health of millions of Americans. Poor oral hygiene practices are often a root cause or significant contributing factor to the development of gum disease.

This can allow plaque and residual food particles to harden onto the surfaces of your teeth. The presence of this bacterial tartar near the gumline can cause the gum inflammation known as gingivitis. Without treatment it could escalate into the more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

When this happens, the bacterial presence in your gums can cause an infection to form near the roots of your teeth. This could result in multiple cases of tooth loss and other oral health complications.

Improved focus on your daily oral hygiene routine can help prevent hardened tartar from forming. This will significantly reduce your chances of suffering gingivitis and other forms of gum disease.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day. You need to remember to floss between each of your teeth, along the gumline, and behind your back molar.

Once this is done you might want to vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove any lingering food particles and loosened plaque deposits while also killing bacteria. As a pleasant side effect it can also help freshen your breath.

If you live in the Port Jefferson Station, New York area and you have concerns about the health of your gums or the effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene routine, you can always call 631-928-2020 to speak to Dr. Nicholas Nicastro Jr. or a member of the staff at N.J. Nicastro Dental PC.