It’s important that you keep your gums healthy because they help support your teeth and act as an important barrier against bacteria.
Your gums are naturally pink and should not bleed after regular brushing, though you may see some temporary irritation after flossing for the first time in a while. Red and bleeding gums could be a sign that you’re beginning to enter the early stages gum disease.
As the early signs of gum disease don’t cause chronic pain, many individuals ignore the symptoms until it is too late. According to CDC data, close to half of adults 30 and over have some form of untreated periodontal disease — a number that only increases with age. Understanding the basics of periodontal disease can help you reverse the effects before the consequences become permanent.Read the rest of entry »