Did you know that over 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 have some form of gum disease? It's more common than you think!
Gum Disease and Gingivitis — What are They?
Plaque provides a shelter for over 400 species of bacteria and other microorganisms to grow and proliferate. If not routinely removed by proper brushing and flossing, plaque can build up on teeth and gums and lead to gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis can be treated, which can help prevent it from developing into periodontitis**, a more serious and damaging stage of gum disease.
How Do I Know if I Have Gingivitis?
Signs of periodontitis**, a more advanced stage of chronic gum disease, include the presence of gum ulceration, gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth, permanent teeth that are loose or separating, any change in the fit of your teeth when biting, any change in the fit of partial dentures, and recurring bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Regular visits to your dental professional can help to prevent periodontitis** from developing.
How Can I Help Prevent Gingivitis?
You can help stop gingivitis before it develops by:
You can help protect yourself against gingivitis by brushing with Colgate Total®. It has a patented formula that attaches to teeth to form a 12-hour protective shield that is clinically proven to help reduce gingivitis. Studies show that Colgate Total® reduces gingivitis more effectively than regular fluoride toothpaste. For more information on gum disease and your oral health, click on the link above.