Gum disease is the most common dental problem. It is estimated that 70% of the Canadian population will have it at some point in their lifetime.
In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. Forty-eight percent of Canadians who have not visited the dentist in the last year have some gum disease.
Gum Disease Causes Health Issues
Researchers are just beginning to unravel the relationship between oral diseases and general health concerns. Research has now shown a link between oral health and general health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory illness in older adults. A link has also been established with premature delivery and low birth-weight babies.
What Gum Disease Looks Like
In the early stages of gum disease, your gums may look red and perhaps puffy. You may notice bleeding when you brush or floss, an unpleasant taste or even bad breath. If left untreated, pockets will develop around the teeth where bacteria will gather and localized infections will occur. If you don’t get to the dentist at this point, you may be in danger of losing one or more teeth!
Brushing and Flossing
These are reasons why it is important to prevent gum disease or to treat it in its early stages. The most important factor in preventing gum disease is keeping your teeth clean. It is necessary to brush 2 to 3 times a day and floss at least once a day.
Visit Meadow Ridge Dental Centre
If the teeth are not kept clean, plaque will stick to the teeth above and below the gums. Left for an extended period of time, this plaque will harden into tartar or calculus, which speeds up the disease process. These hard build-ups then need to be removed by a dentist or a dental hygienist. This is why it is important to visit Meadow Ridge Dental Centre regularly for check-ups and dental cleanings.