Gum disease should be treated early on to avoid serious oral health issues
If you are experiencing sensitive or bleeding gums while you brush your teeth, you may be developing gum disease, gingivitis.
Gingivitis is an early non-destructive predecessor of gum disease, which if left untreated, can develop into periodontitis which is the more serious advanced stage of gum disease.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease or gingivitis is a common and preventable occurrence of bad bacteria in the mouth. However, gum disease can easily develop into more serious issues that can result in tooth loss, or heart and lung disease. Generally, this is caused by bad oral hygiene.
How does gum disease develop?
Gum disease develops through a severe accumulation of plaque which, if not removed by brushing and flossing, hardens into tartar and stays on the teeth.
Once tartar forms only the dentist can effectively remove it. The built-up bacteria releases toxins that damage the gums, cause inflammation, and activates the immune system. This results in gingivitis.
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