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There is a common misconception held by some people that bleeding gums can be the result of overly vigorous brushing and flossing. While an aggressive technique might have the potential to harm the gums, most people experience bleeding or inflamed gums because of periodontal disease.

Sometimes referred to as gum disease, this serious condition afflicts an estimated 47 percent of people over 30 years of age. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control have also reported that an estimated 64 percent of people over the age of 65 have an advanced form of gum disease.

Periodontal disease typically starts out as gingivitis, which can be treated and reversed by improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine and receiving a dental cleaning at Barry Kinney.

Without professional care, gingivitis can exacerbate because the bacterial presence, infection and inflammation can cause your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth. In time, the deep infection near the roots can weaken the bones. As time goes by, this could even result in multiple cases of tooth loss and it might require oral surgical procedures.

If you live in the San Francisco, California, area and you have noticed an issue with the health of your gums, you should not delay in calling 415-647-7077 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment from our dentists, Dr. Kinney and Dr. Savio.