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As most people know, gingivitis is something you should try to avoid altogether. However, do you know what gingivitis actually is? Or what it can do to your teeth? Did you also know you could have it and not even know it?

You see, if plaque isn’t removed, it will eventually turn into tartar. Unfortunately, tartar usually builds up is at the base of your teeth and will irritate your gums. However, please don’t misunderstand. Gingivitis can be caused by more than poor hygiene. For instance, you’ll be more prone to gingivitis if you’re pregnant, going through puberty or menopause, have diabetes, or have a vitamin deficiency.

However, please note that while tartar is one of the main causes of gingivitis, it can be very dangerous to remove on your own. You see, unlike plaque, tartar is a hard substance that should be removed by a dentist. In fact, if you try to remove tartar on your own, you could damage your teeth and your gums.

Similarly, if you try to treat gingivitis at home, you could actually be putting your health at risk. You see, to treat gingivitis, you’ll probably have to remove plaque and tartar. Unfortunately, if they aren’t removed correctly, you could develop infections. Sadly, this infection can lead to a number of problems, especially if bad bacteria is able to enter your bloodstream.

If you need a cleaning or a check up, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. David E. Pearson, and our team will address any questions and concerns you may have. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call David E. Pearson DMD PC at 770.995.9051. We are eager to receive you call.