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Periodontal disease often begins as the condition known as gingivitis. This causes red or inflamed-looking gums that tend to bleed easily during brushing and flossing. Many gingivitis sufferers also suffer from cause chronic bad breath problems.

Poor oral hygiene habits can leave plaque and other bacterial deposits on your teeth. In time, they could harden into dangerous tartar near the gum line. This bacteria-rich substance can cause inflammation in the sensitive gum tissues.

Fortunately, gingivitis can often be treated by a thorough cleaning and exam at Dr. Seth Rush’s Kansas City, Missouri clinic.

As the bacterial inflammation fades, you can then prevent future infections with consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene regimen. This includes special focus when brushing twice each day and flossing thoroughly each evening.

This includes brushing your teeth twice each day with an abrasive toothpaste and flossing each evening. Ideally, you want to floss after you’re done eating in the evening. This will prevent residual food material and plaque from bolstering bacterial growth in your mouth while you sleep.

It’s also important to floss behind your last tooth. This is an area that is often ignored, but can harbor significant food particles, plaque, and tartar.

Once you are done brushing and flossing, you can then rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash. This will serve to remove loosened food particles and kill some of the lingering bacteria in your mouth.

If you live in the Kansas City, Missouri area and you have gingivitis concerns, you should call 816-444-8822 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Seth Rush.