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Poor oral hygiene habits invite a host of oral health problems. Beyond complications from tooth decay, an inconsistent or inadequate daily oral hygiene routine can also pose a threat to the health of your gums. If residual food particles and plaque aren’t cleaned away, they can harden into tartar. This bacterial-rich substance at the gum-line is the leading cause of gum disease.

The earliest form of gum disease is called gingivitis. This often causes gums to bleed during brushing and flossing. Gums might also look red or inflamed and you might struggle to deal with chronic bad breath.

Your dentist, Dr. Colton Rich, can perform a thorough dental cleaning to professionally remove all traces of tartar from your teeth. With all traces of tartar removed, you can then prevent further occurrences with consistent improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine.

If gingivitis is left untreated, it will eventually develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection near the roots. Periodontitis can eventually even compromise the bone structure of your jaw, resulting in multiple tooth loss.

If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease in Orem, Utah, you should not delay in calling 801-224-7900 to schedule an appointment at Frandsen Dental.