Healthy gums are the foundation for healthy teeth and are light pink in colour.
Nine out of ten people are afflicted with some form of gum disease in their lifetime. Gum disease affects more than half the population over 18 years of age. After 35, approximately three out of four adults develop some form of gum disease.
Periodontal or Gum disease starts by a bacterial infection that destroys the gums, bone and ligaments supporting the teeth. Gum disease progresses silently, often without pain or symptoms. It may develop slowly or progress rapidly.
Brushing and flossing twice a day along with visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly can help prevent gum disease from developing.
The major benefits of gum health are:
The prevention of bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity.
The prevention of bad breath.
Being able to smile with confidence.
Being able to keep your teeth for the rest of your life.