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Residual food particles and plaque can carry a significant bacterial load. If you have an inadequate oral hygiene routine, you could quickly cover your smile with harmful tartar. Hardened tartar at the gumline is the leading cause of periodontal disease.

It is estimated by the American Dental Association that approximately 47 percent of people who are 30 years old and older have some degree of periodontal disease. The Centers for Disease Control also reports that 64 percent of people 65 and over have been diagnosed with moderate to severe periodontal disease.

The earliest stage of periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. This stage often causes the gums to bleed during brushing and flossing. The gums might also look red or inflamed, and many people with gingivitis also struggle with chronic bad breath.

Mindful improvements to your daily oral hygiene routine can start to reverse the effects of the bacteria in your mouth. However, hardened tartar can only be removed from your teeth by the tools and training used by our Vela Dental Centers Crosstown team during your regular dental cleaning and checkup.

If left unchecked, advanced periodontal disease can cause your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, which will form pockets of infection near the roots of your teeth. Periodontitis can eventually compromise the bone structure of your jaw.

If you are concerned that you might be developing periodontal disease in Corpus Christi, Texas, or if you are due for your regular dental cleaning and checkup, you should call your dentist, Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono, at 361.884.2266 to schedule an appointment.