Healthy Mouth Healthy Body?
What is the Association?
Brushing your teeth may be more important than you think. Gingivitis, an early phase of gum disease, is inflammation of the gums caused by the accumulation of plaque and bacteria above the gumline. If left untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis**, a more serious and damaging stage of infection and resulting gum inflammation. Recent studies have demonstrated there is an association between periodontitis and certain systemic diseases, such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease, which remains a leading cause of death in both men and women. More research is needed and is underway to better understand the exact nature of this association and the potential impact serious gum disease may be having on these systemic conditions.
Colgate Total® is both FDA-approved and accepted by the ADA to help prevent gingivitis. It contains an ingredient that fights both gum inflammation and bacteria. A unique, innovative technology ensures that this ingredient fights germs for a full 12 hours.
Fighting oral bacteria and gum inflammation associated with gingivitis by brushing with Colgate Total® is a simple step that people can incorporate into their daily routines to help keep their mouths healthy, and this may have a positive effect on their overall health.