What is Gum Disease?

What is Gum Disease?

Research shows that 47% of the population has moderate to severe gum disease, which, if left untreated, can severely affect the health of your teeth and gums and make you look old before your time.

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque – a sticky bacteria that feeds on food debris left inside the mouth – on teeth and gums. Many of us will suffer from a degree of it at some point. You can prevent it by brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day is essential.

Plaque can form in just 12 hours if you haven’t been cleaning your teeth properly and isn’t removed, it multiplies, releasing toxins that cause gum inflammation, gum damage and bleeding.

Gum disease, known as gingivitis, often causes no pain, so some damage may already have been done by the time it’s caught. If left untreated, it can develop into more serious problems and even tooth loss.

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