Healthy gums are the frontline defence to your teeth and digestive system
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not removed through daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up and infect not only your gums and teeth, but also eventually the tissue and bone that support the teeth. This can cause them to become loose, fall out or have to be removed by a dentist.
Do you have gum disease?
Fortunately, periodontitis is treatable and an early diagnosis makes a huge difference in treating the disease. Symptoms to look out for include:
- Bleeding gums
- Hot and cold sensitivity
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Metallic taste
- Swollen, purple and/or painful gums
- Yellow plaque build-up on the gum line
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Loose adult teeth
What’s giving you gum disease
The following increases your risk of gum disease:
• Smoking – smokers tend to have more tartar build up on their teeth.
• Plaque and bacteria build up from poor oral hygiene.
• Stress weakens your immune system, which makes you more infection-prone.
Great oral hygiene, a balanced diet and plenty of water helps to keep our teeth and gums healthy.