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A stellar smile begins with healthy teeth and gums. Most people tend to focus on their pearly whites, as they are the stars of the show. However, one of the main factors in adult tooth loss is actually gum disease–or periodontal disease. A prime reason for this is that gum disease is often painless in the early stages, so you may not even be aware you are experiencing it unless you keep up with regular dental checkups and cleanings.

The development of gum disease begins with plaque–a sticky, bacterial film that forms every day in your mouth. To remove plaque, you must take time each day brushing and flossing your teeth and around the gumline. This daily removal process prevents plaque from hardening into tartar. Once plaque hardens, it requires professional removal by Dr. Avi Mizrachi and our team.

Signs of Gum Disease:

• Swollen or red, tender gums
• Bleeding gums
• Loose teeth
• Persistent bad breath
• Receding gums

The good news is, treating periodontal degeneration can be as easy as detecting it early, and in the early stages, gum disease is often reversible. Early periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your oral hygiene routine–brushing at least twice each day and flossing at least once–followed by a professional dental cleaning.

So you see, a stellar smile starts with healthy teeth and gums. We invite you to schedule your next visit with our team by calling 410.381.0505 today. At Columbia Dental Excellence in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Avi Mizrachi and our caring team are always ready to help you reach your smile goals!