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You know that you should brush your teeth and floss regularly. Similarly, you know that caring for your teeth well is an essential component of enjoying good oral health. However, do you know what can cause gingivitis—or what affects if can have on your teeth? In fact, did you know that even if you have gingivitis, you may not be able to identify it yourself?

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. And 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.

While tartar is one of the main causes of gingivitis, it can be very dangerous to remove on your own. 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. To treat gingivitis, you’ll need to remove plaque and tartar, but if they aren’t removed correctly, you could develop infections. This type of infection can lead to a number of problems, especially if harmful bacteria is enters your bloodstream.

If you need a cleaning or a checkup, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. Margaret L. Romeo, and our team will address any questions and concerns you may have. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us today at 904-259-5007. We are eager to receive you call!