Gum disease is not at all uncommon. In fact, 70 per cent of Canadians will develop gum disease during their lifetime. While gum disease is more prevalent in older Canadians, this isn’t simply an unavoidable part of aging. There are many things that you can do to prevent and treat gum disease. Understanding gum disease and taking the proper precautions now will go a long way toward protecting your health. Updated for 2019, read this newly updated and expanded blog to learn more.
Gingivitis is a term that is used quite frequently in dental offices and which is diagnosed to millions of Canadians each year. You probably know that it is something you don’t want to have, but do you really know what gingivitis is and why it happens? What happens once you have gingivitis, and what can be done about it?
If you’ve wondered this yourself, then you have come to the right place. We have outlined everything that you need to know about gingivitis, including what it is and what you can do about it.
Gingivitis is commonly caused by plaque build-up on your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque can invade your gums, and if it isn’t treated, can cause permanent damage to the root of your teeth.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, the bacteria that can cause gum disease can thrive in your gums by manipulating your immune system to let it stay and grow. The research focused on how gingivitis develops into a disease and how it resists your body’s natural defenses.