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If plaque, food particles, and residual sugar are not removed by your daily oral hygiene practices, they can harden into bacteria-rich tartar near the gumline. As this tartar gradually starts to build up, it can significantly increase your chances of suffering from gum disease.

Without treatment from a dentist like Dr. James R. Knochel, the early inflammation of gingivitis can potentially worsen into the more severe form of periodontal disease, called periodontitis. This form of gum disease can cause your periodontal tissues to gradually recede from the base of your teeth. As this progresses, small pockets of infection to accumulate deep in your gums near the roots of your teeth.

Over time, chronic periodontitis can start to deplete the nearby bond tissues in your mouth. This could eventually weaken the roots of your teeth, increasing your chances of losing multiple teeth.  

You should also keep in mind that a growing body of research has found a relationship between certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, as well as the systemic inflammation of chronic periodontal disease.

If you live in the Tucson, Arizona, area, and if you have gum disease concerns, you should call 520-747-7944 to schedule a dental checkup at James R. Knochel, D.D.S., P.C..