Regular teeth care and gum care is very important for overall oral health. Neglecting gums can eventually lead to gum diseases which can further lead to loss of teeth. Gum disease affects 70 % of adults over 35 years of age. The symptoms of gum or periodontal disease are often unnoticeable.
Gum disease begins with a plaque- a sticky film which forms on the teeth with food, saliva and bacteria and it enters the space between the teeth and the gums. If correct oral hygiene is not maintained for removal of the plaque it releases toxins which breakdown into natural fibres and holds on to the gums.
Plaque deposits eventually harden into tartar or calculus which forms around the gums. The tartar tends to irritate the gums leading to inflammation and bleeding and further progresses to gum recession, bone loss and loss of teeth. If you notice bleeding gums on brushing, swelling and inflammation of gums, pus discharge and formation of tartar then you can be at risk of periodontal or gum disease.
Treating gum disease at an early stage using different treatment procedures like scaling and polishing and flap surgery either by conventional or with lasers can help maintain healthy gums and longer life of your teeth.