What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the most common dental problem, affecting seven out of every 10 Canadians at some point in their lives.
Gum disease begins when plaque adheres at and below the edge of one’s gums and consequently turns into tartar due to lack of proper brushing and flossing. This tartar creates an infection in the gums which, at its earliest stages, is called gingivitis. If left untreated, the situation becomes more severe leading to loss of bone in and around the teeth causing adults to actually lose their teeth. In addition, the bacteria can get into the blood stream causing more than just an oral problem but rather affecting your overall health.
How to tell if your gums are unhealthy
Prevention is the most important factor in the fight against gum disease. Proper brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to your dentist for professional cleaning and dental exams, can maintain the health of your gums. A simple teste is to vigorously floss between all of your teeth. If there is any blood on the floss, you have gingivitis at the very least and perhaps even more serious periodontal disease.