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Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is a serious oral health problem that affects many American adults. Its primary cause is hardened tartar at the gumline. You may be at a higher risk of developing gum disease if you indulge in activities such as tobacco and alcohol use or have developed medical conditions such as diabetes or dry mouth.

The earliest form of gum disease is gingivitis, which typically forms if you don’t remove deposits of plaque and residual food particles by brushing and flossing your teeth. These deposits can then harden into tartar, which creates a constant bacterial presence at your gum line and leads to tissue inflammation.

Untreated gingivitis that doesn’t receive a professional dental cleaning at [pratice_name] and or isn’t improved by your oral hygiene routine will advance into the most dangerous form of gum disease, periodontitis. This stage causes gum recession at the base of your teeth, which forms pockets of infection around the tooth root, which can even lead to bone loss in the jaw, removing an important anchor for your teeth.

Continuing research on the relationship between periodontitis and general health conditions has linked it to diabetes, heart disease, and more. We invite you to contact Matthew Jelinek at 952.233.1020 today to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Matthew Jelinek, and learn more about the dangers of periodontitis in Shakopee, Minnesota.