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Consistent oral hygiene habits including brushing your teeth twice each day as well as flossing your teeth each evening. It should also include having a dentist perform a routine dental checkup and cleaning twice each year.

Failure to follow these guidelines can allow food residue, sugars, and plaque buildup in your mouth. In addition to increasing your risk for cavities, the plaque can harden into tartar. Once this occurs you will be at increased risk of suffering from periodontal disease and other oral health problems. Periodontal disease typically starts out as gingivitis, which is characterized by inflamed tender and red gums and gums that bleed when you brush and floss. Bad breath can also be an indicator of gingivitis. If your gingivitis is detected early, is might be treated by increasing your brushing and flossing regimen, or a deep cleaning procedure known as scaling and root planing. This two-step procedure will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth above and below the gumline, and clean and smooth the roots of your teeth.  

If you live in the Clark, New Jersey, region and you have oral hygiene or gum health concerns, you should call 732-587-6740 to schedule an examination at Kelner Periodontics LLC.