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      Unveiling the silent threat: How to spot signs of gum disease

      September is Gum Health Month, a time to focus on one of the most overlooked dental issues – our gums.

      Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a progressive bacterial infection that affects the structures supporting our teeth, including the gums and bones. It develops when plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) builds up on the teeth and hardens into calculus (hardened tartar) over time. As calculus accumulates, it creates a conducive environment for bacteria to thrive, leading to inflammation and infection in the gums.

      According to the World Health Organization, severe gum disease – a major cause of total tooth loss – is estimated to affect 1 billion people worldwide.

      What are the signs and symptoms of gum disease?

      Gum disease frequently remains asymptomatic, with symptoms often only appearing during its later stages. However, warning signs of gum disease may include:

      How can we avoid gum problems?

      Prevention is the cornerstone of gum health. Recommendations from The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology include:

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      Untreated gum disease allows plaque toxins to spread beneath the gum line, triggering a chronic inflammatory response. This process leads to the body attacking its own tissues and bones, causing breakdown and destruction of tooth-supporting structures.

      Let’s take the opportunity to educate ourselves and others about the importance of gum health. By knowing the signs, symptoms, and preventive measures of gum disease, you can take proactive steps towards maintaining a healthy smile and overall well-being.

      Remember, our gums play a crucial role in our oral health, so it's worth the effort to keep them healthy and in great shape.

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