Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?
If so, you may be one of 85 per cent of Singaporeans who have some form of gum disease, according to a 2003 Health Promotion Board (HPB) survey.
The milder form of gum disease (gingivitis), is an inflammation of the gums, supporting tissues and bones which hold the teeth. It is basically caused by the bacteria and dental plaque around the gums. This early stage of gum disease is treatable.
If this condition is left untreated, it can lead to the more severe periodontitis, where the supporting tissues and bones which hold the teeth (periodontium) recede and result in periodontal pockets, and eventually tooth loss. This condition is irreversible, but it can be controlled with close monitoring.
Gum disease could be a manifestation of diabetes, and it also linked to other health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke and the risk of premature births for women.
Healthy gums means healthy teeth for life. Visit your dentist regularly to maintain your gum health.