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The American Dental Association advocates a consistent and effective daily oral hygiene regimen as an important preventative measure against cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. This primarily focuses on brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once per day.

If you notice pink discharge from your gums during brushing or flossing, you should not dismiss it as an overly aggressive oral hygiene technique. In many of these instances, bleeding gums are an early indicator of gum disease. It typically starts out as the gum inflammation condition of gingivitis, which can also cause your gums to look inflamed and contribute to chronic bad breath.

If it’s caught early, gingivitis can often be treated by a professional dental cleaning treatment from a dentist like Dr. Greg Atwood. Once all traces of tartar have been removed from your teeth and gumline, you can further prevent recurrence of gum disease by maintaining a consistent daily oral hygiene routine.

Left untreated gingivitis can gradually worsen into the serious condition which is known as periodontitis. This severe inflammation can cause your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth. This can allow a deep infection to form near the roots of your teeth. In time, this could cause multiple cases of tooth loss and might require oral surgical procedures to treat.

If you live in the Odessa, Texas, area and you have periodontal health concerns, you should call 432.227.2300 to seek diagnosis and treatment at Atwood Family Dental.