How to recognize the early signs of gum disease

According to a recent survey, symptoms of early gum disease such as bleeding and inflammation affect 65 per cent of Canadians. Yet more than half ignore the issue. Although a common condition, early gum disease can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums if left untreated. Symptoms are caused by plaque formation on teeth as a result of poor oral hygiene. Understanding the signs and stages of gum disease can help you take proactive steps to keep your smile healthy.

Signs of early gum disease include:

  • Gum swelling
  • Redness
  • Bleeding when flossing or brushing
  • Tooth sensitivity

There are some simple steps you can take to help improve your gum health. If you see signs or symptoms, don’t ignore them. Treat them instead. You can increase the frequency of brushing, flossing and rinsing, learn proper brushing and flossing techniques, try specialized toothbrushes and toothpaste products and add more products to your regimen. There are specialty toothpastes and toothbrushes, such as Colgate PerioGard, that can lead to a significant reduction in gum bleeding and inflammation, provide long-lasting gum protection against plaque bacteria, and clean in the hard-to-reach spaces between teeth and around the gum line.

Regular dental check-ups are also important for helping keep your gums healthy. Make sure to see your dentist at least two times per year to catch any signs of early gum disease and help prevent serious damage to your teeth and gums.

By knowing the signs of early gum disease and taking proactive steps to improve your oral care, you can help keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.

To learn more about the cause, consequences and risk factors associated with gum health, Canadians can take the Gum Health Quiz at colgate.ca

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