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Here are ten most important facts about gums!

  1. People over age of 35 lose more teeth to periodontal (gum) disease than to cavities.
  2. Periodontal disease can be painless and may go undetected
  3. You can catch periodontal diseases by specific bacteria from other people.
  4. Regular consumption of dairy products, such as yogurt, might reduce the risk of gum disease according to the Journal of Periodontology, January 2008 edition.
  5. According to a research, as many as 30 percent of people may be at risk genetically for gum disease. Even if these people take good care of their teeth and gums.
  6. Excessive brushing can cause your gums to recede. Proper way of brushing and avoiding abrasive substances would ensure brushing does not harm your gums.
  7. Gum disease can cause problems such as tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. As bacterial growth destroys gum tissue, the gums begin to recede.
  8. Gums bleeding while brushing or flossing isn’t normal, actually it is a sign of a mild form of gum disease called Gingivitis.
  9. Bacteria of periodontal disease travels into the bloodstream and may result in heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, infected orthopedic implants and preterm births.
  10. Bad breath isn’t just caused by the food you eat – it can also be an indicator of your gum health.

ten facts about gums

Therefore, it is utmost important to maintain healthy oral care habits and have routine dental check up and gum assessment done.