The most common cause of gum disease is plaque. The plaque is a colorless, sticky bacterial film that accumulates on the teeth continuously.
If you do not remove plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth every day, it accumulates inside the gum line and on your teeth. The plaque causes inflammation, an early stage of gum disease. If you feel symptoms of gum disease, visit your dentist immediately. If you spot the gum disease early, it can change the results. Look carefully for the following symptoms:
1. Too sensitive, swollen and red gums
2. Bleeding gums when using a toothbrush or floss
3. Bad breath and unpleasant taste in mouth
If the gum disease gets worse, the plaque bacteria penetrates the blood vessels through the gum ulcers and can move freely along the bloodstream, affecting the whole body's health. Thus, the gum disease shall be prevented not just for oral health but for overall health.