Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can range from simple gum inflammation to a serious condition that results in the loss of bone and teeth. If you have red or swollen gums, experience pain while chewing or exhibit any other warning signs of gum disease, it’s important to see a dentist right away to prevent more serious complications. Book an appointment at Red Bank Smiles for a comprehensive oral evaluation.
The human mouth is full of bacteria. When combined with mucus and other particles, this bacteria forms a sticky, colorless film on teeth called “plaque.” By practicing good oral hygiene habits, this plaque typically gets removed through brushing and flossing. Plaque that isn’t removed, however, can harden and form tartar – a hard, calcified deposit – on teeth.