What is Gum Disease?
If you have gum disease, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of adults in the US over the age of 30 (47.1 percent if you want to be specific) have periodontal disease.
If you have a mild case, bacteria has built up around your gumline, and you've likely developed gingivitis. You may experience some inflammation and potentially have some bleeding in your gums.
If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), this happens when bacteria flourishes and becomes a sticky white substance called plaque. The plaque then hardens into a yellow substance called tartar, which requires professional cleaning to remove. If you don't get rid of the tartar and plaque in your gums, your tissue could begin to recede. Your bone could wear away; your teeth may loosen and could potentially even fall out. In most cases, severe gum disease is preventable, so we're going to let you in on some great oral care advice so you can keep your winning smile intact.