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A little pink in the sink when you brush your teeth is usually not a result of an aggressive tooth brushing technique. More often than not, this is a symptom telling you that gum disease has set into your mouth to some degree.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It often results from a poor or inconsistent oral hygiene routine that fails to effectively remove residual food particles and plaque from your teeth and gum line.

When this happens the residual food particles and plaque host bacteria, which harden to form tartar. Hardened tartar at the gum line introduces a constant bacterial presence which leads to inflammation and a minor infection in your gum tissues.

Other symptoms of gingivitis to watch out for, include red or inflamed looking gums, bleeding gums, and chronic issues with bad breath.

In many cases, gingivitis can be treated and reversed by Jason M. Peterson, DDS’s routine dental cleaning and diligent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.

If gingivitis is detected and treated early it will not develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

If you’ve been seeing a little pink in the sink when you brush your teeth, you should contact Jason M. Peterson, DDS’s office in Idaho Falls, Idaho to explore your gum disease treatment options.