Gums affected by disease appear red, swollen and they bleed easily. While healthy gums are coral pink and firm. Gum disease is a chronic infection caused by the accumulation of plaque along your gumline. Recent studies have linked gum disease with other medical conditions: people with gum disease may be more likely to develop heart disease or have difficulty controlling their blood sugar, and pregnant women with gum disease are more likely than those with healthy gums to deliver preterm, low birth-weight babies.
The most effective way to prevent gum disease is to remove the dental plaque by brushing twice a day (after breakfast and dinner) and flossing daily. Maintaining a healthy diet and abstaining from tobacco use have shown to lower susceptibility to gum disease. Based on each individual need and stage of health/gum disease, we recommend regular professional dental cleanings – also known as scaling and root planning. This procedure will remove plaque and calculus deposits above and below your gumline and in areas of your mouth that are hard to reach.