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Gum disease is a serious dental issue that affects millions of Americans each year. The American Dental Association estimates that approximately 47 percent of adults over 30 years of age have some degree of gum disease. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control report that 64 percent of people over the age of 65 have moderate to severe gum disease issues.

The earliest form of gum disease is known as gingivitis. The most common cause of gingivitis is hardened tartar that is built up near the gumline. Early symptoms include red or inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily from brushing and flossing. This often happens in concert with chronic bad breath.

If gingivitis is caught early, our Stepp Family Dentistry team can often help you treat the condition by conducting a thorough dental cleaning and by helping you make the necessary improvements to your oral hygiene routine.

If gingivitis is allowed to progress into the more serious form of gum disease, also known as periodontitis, it can cause rather significant complications that could even require surgical intervention.

If you have inflamed gums, gums that bleed easily and chronic bad breath, you shouldn’t ignore them. Contacting Stepp Family Dentistry at 713-520-8400 can help determine if you have gingivitis and can give you an idea of what your treatment options might be. Your dentist, Dr. Cauleen Stepp, is happy to help you.