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Your gums serve an important functional role in helping to anchor the relationship between your teeth and the natural bone structure of your jaw. Many people also have some portion of their gums visible in their smile.

As you grow older, any inconsistencies in your oral hygiene practices can leave excess bacterial matter in your mouth. In time, it could harden into calculus on the bases of your teeth where they meet your gumline. Once this starts to happen it can encourage the periodontal inflammation condition gingivitis.

Early indicators of a problem like this often includes chronic bad breath, as well as gums that look inflamed and bleed when brushing or flossing. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule a checkup with an experienced dentist like Dr. Gary Shmurak.

After assessing the severity of your gum disease problem, he can help you understand the most applicable treatment methods. This often involves a thorough dental cleaning or other treatments to eradicate all traces of calculus from your teeth.

Once this is done, you can further prevent recurrence of gum disease with improvements to your daily oral hygiene regimen.

This often calls for improvements in flossing consistency and technique as well as remembering to thoroughly floss along the gumline and behind each of your rear molars.

If you live in the Chalfont, Pennsylvania, area and you have bleeding gums, you should call 215-996-9968 to seek diagnosis and treatment at Apex Dental Care.