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Maintaining good oral health goes beyond cavity prevention. It also includes maintaining healthy gums as well as other soft oral tissues. The American Dental Association advocates a consistent daily oral hygiene routine to maintain a healthy mouth. This incorporates brushing your teeth each morning and evening, as well as making sure to thoroughly floss at least once each day.

When a bacterial material such as plaque, residual sugar or food particles remain in your mouth, they could harden into tartar on the bases of your teeth near the gumline. This can lead to the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis.

Initial symptoms of this early form of gum disease that has started to develop often include chronic bad breath, as well as gums that look inflamed. This could also include gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should schedule an appointment with a doctor like Dr. David J. Harsant. After he has assessed the health of your periodontal tissues he can help you understand your treatment options.

This might involve a thorough dental cleaning or other treatments to eradicate all traces of hardened tartar from your teeth. Once tartar and bacterial deposits have been removed you will need to apply increased focus on your flossing technique. This includes remembering to thoroughly floss along the gumline, and behind each of your rear molars.

If you live in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, area and you have bleeding gums, you should call 910.864.4646 to seek diagnosis and treatment at David J. Harsant, DDS, PA.