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Inflammation and Gum Disease

Do you know 85% of Singaporean adults have gum problems?* Are you one of them?

Gum Disease and Gingivitis — what are they?
Gum disease — also known as periodontal disease — is a form of inflammation and infection that occurs in the mouth. Gingivitis — an early phase of gum disease and the easiest to treat — is an inflammation of the gums caused by the accumulation of plaque, a soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria above the gumline.

Plaque provides a shelter for over 400 species of bacteria and other microorganisms to grow and thrive. If not routinely removed by proper brushing and flossing, plaque can build up on teeth and gums and lead to gingivitis. Fortunately, gingivitis can be treated, which can help prevent it from developing into periodontitis, a more serious and damaging stage of gum disease.

How Do I Know if I Have Gingivitis?
Classic signs of gingivitis include red, swollen and tender gums that may bleed when you brush. It is important to remember that only a dental professional can thoroughly assess your dental health and determine whether you have gum disease, including gingivitis. Since some symptoms of gingivitis are not painful, the disease may remain untreated for many years unless diagnosed by a dental professional.

Signs of periodontitis, a more advanced stage of chronic gum disease, include the presence of gum ulceration, gums that have receded or pulled away from your teeth, permanent teeth that are loose or separating, any change in the fit of your teeth when biting, any change in the fit of partial dentures, and recurring bad breath and/or an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Regular visits to your dental professional can help to prevent periodontitis from developing.

How Can I Help Prevent Gingivitis?
The key to preventing gingivitis is to remove the plaque and germs that accumulate on your teeth. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are extremely important. Good at-home oral hygiene is also crucial.

You can help prevent gingivitis before it develops by:

  • Brushing and flossing to remove plaque and debris
  • Eating right to ensure proper nutrition for your jawbone and teeth
  • Avoiding cigarettes and other forms of tobacco
  • Scheduling regular checkups with your dentist

You can help protect yourself against gum problems by brushing with Colgate Total. Colgate Total reduces plaque by up to 98% and gum problems by up to 88%. It is the only toothpaste with a unique formula that attaches to teeth to form a 12-hour protective shield that helps reduce gum problems. Studies show that Colgate Total reduces the inflammation associated with gum problems more effectively than regular fluoride toothpaste. For more information on gum disease and your oral health, click on the link below.

*Singaporean adults aged 20 and above. Source: HPB, Adult Oral Health Survey 2003

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