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If you sometimes forget to brush your teeth twice each day, or you are frequently fail to floss at least once a day, excess bacterial deposits can start to accumulate on your teeth. In time they can start to harden into tartar near the gumline placing you at increased risk for developing gum disease.

Early signs of a problem like this could include gums that bleed easily and look inflamed as well as persistent problems with bad breath.

Without professional attention from our dentist, Dr. Laura Miller, the early stages of gum disease can worsen into the more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Left untreated it can cause your gumline to slowly recede from your teeth.

As periodontitis advances the bacterial presence in your gums can start to accumulate near the roots of your teeth. In time it could compromise the roots of multiple teeth and even start to deplete the underlying bone tissues.

The severity of your gum disease can determine the treatment strategy presented by our dentist, which might include a root planing treatment to effectively clear away tartar and bacterial deposits from the roots of your teeth.

If you live in the area surrounding Middletown, Connecticut, and you are concerned about the health of your gums, you should call 860-346-6872 to set up an appointment at Laura Miller, DDS.