What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is something that 75% of people in Canada have had issues with. There are different degrees of gum disease, and it’s actually the most common reason that adults lose their teeth.
Gum disease is an infection in the gums, and therefore also in the bones once it gets to be rather severe. This causes bone loss down into and around each of the teeth. When that happens, bacteria gets into your bone and blood stream and can become a system problem, not just an oral problem. Gingivitis is especially common during the second to eight months of pregnancy.
How To Tell If Your Gums Are Unhealthy
A simple test is to vigorously floss between all of you teeth. Is there any blood on the floss? If so, you have gingivitis at least, and possibly more progressive gum disease. Healthy gums do not bleed when you clean your teeth with brushing or flossing. If your teeth and gums bleed when you brush and floss, you are at risk for serious illness.
A dental examination at least twice a year keeps you in good oral health! If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, give us a call today. Our hygienists can establish a gum disease therapy program to restore your oral health with the aid of Perio Protect®, a minimally invasive, yet effective solution to fight the bacteria that cause gum disease.