National Gum Care Month

Categories: Oral Health

Did you know September is National Gum Care month?

While focusing on clean teeth is important, caring for our gums is too!

What is Gum Disease?

Gingivitis and periodontitis are two forms of gum disease, both of which are caused by bacterial infection in your gums. Gingivitis is a mild form of the disease that causes gum pain and bleeding. If left untreated, it can advance to its more dangerous form, periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the most common cause of teeth falling out. Not counting wisdom teeth, the average person age 20-39 is missing one tooth, the average 40-49-year old is missing 3.5 teeth, and those aged over 60 are missing 8 teeth– and this is usually because of gum disease.

Contact us if are having any of these signs:
• Bad breath that doesn’t go away
• Tender, red or swollen gums
• Sensitive teeth or gums
• Gums that bleed very easily
• Receding gums

Schedule an appointment with us and there’s measures we can take to help control gum disease (stop bleeding, receding gums, bone loss, etc).