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You probably know that brushing and flossing your teeth daily will help keep your teeth healthy and strong. What would you do if you noticed your gumline bleeding after you brushed or flossed your teeth? Similarly, have you ever thought about what you could do about your bleeding, swollen, or red gums?

If you do have these symptoms it can mean that you have developed gum disease. Gingivitis can actually develop into something very serious if it isn’t caught quickly enough. Our team will find these signs and symptoms and help your mouth before they become too serious. While brushing and flossing are very important to protecting your teeth, did you know that other issues could lead to gum disease? This is why it’s important to see our dentist bi-annually.

The most common reason individuals get gingivitis is plaque buildup which can harden into tartar. You see, if you are consistently brushing and flossing at home, you should be able to remove plaque before it hardens into tartar, but once it has transformed into tartar, you won’t be able to remove it at home. Sadly, tartar might let bacteria get beneath your gumline. Once this happens, your gums will start to separate from your teeth.

If your gingivitis becomes severe enough, you’ll need to consider your treatment options. To learn more about gum disease in Houston, Texas, please contact Bruce W. Smith DDS by calling 713-529-4364. Our dentist, Dr. Bruce W. Smith, and our team will be happy to inspect your teeth for signs of gum disease and other problems. We look forward to receiving your call.