Gum Disease: Colgate, your partner in oral health
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the swelling or soreness of the gums (soft tissue) around your teeth. It caused by bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth.
The plaque bacteria produce toxins that can lead to inflammation of the gums called gingivitis. This initial stage of gum disease is reversible. However, if you do not remove plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth, it can build up and infect your gums, teeth and the bone that supports them, leading to a more severe form of gum disease, periodontitis. If left untreated, periodontitis can result in the loss of bone and teeth.
The signs of gum disease are not always easy to see and can be painless. The earlier gum disease is caught, the easier it is to treat. That’s why it’s important to see your dentist regularly.
The four stages of gum disease:
Stage 1: Gingivitis
*Bacteria from plaque produce by products which irate the gums resulting in inflammation.
*Gums are swollen, inflamed and red.
Stage 2: Early Periodontitis
*Inflammation progresses into the supporting structures of the teeth.
*There is some bone loss which results in a pocket.
*Gums continue to bleed.
Stage 3: Moderate Periodontitis
*Continued inflammation and destruction of the supporting structure of the teeth.
*More noticeable bone loss and some tooth movement.
Stage 4: Advanced Periodontitis
*Bone loss and tooth mobility increases.
*Eventual loss of one or more teeth.
What should I do to Help Prevent Gum Disease?
*Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and clean between teeth with floss or an interdental cleaner the way your dentist tells you to do.
*The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA accepted toothpaste. Cologate Total is the only FDA approved and ADA accepted toothpaste to fight gingivitis.
Unlike ordinary fluoride toothpastes, Cologate Total is uniquely formulated with triclosan to kill plaque bacteria for 12 hours.
*Get regular professional dental cleanings at twice a year. This is the only way to remove plaque that has hardened into tartar. You may not be aware that this has happened. Your dental professional will need to evaluate and clean or ‘scale’ your teeth to remove the tartar above and below the gumline.
*Do not smoke cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco.
*If your condition is very serious, additional treatment may be necessary. Your dental professional will tell you whether you will need treatment in addition to a routine cleaning.
For more information on gum disease, ask your oral heath care professional. In addition, you may visit the Oral Care Section at http://www.colgate.com. (Colgate Total is approved through the New Drug Approval process to help prevent gingivitis. Not approved for the prevention or treatment of periodontitis or other diseases.
Do you know the Facts About Gum Disease?
*On average 50% of American adults between the ages of 30 and 90 suffer from bleeding gums.
*People with diabetes are 2x more likely to develop serious gum disease.
*Gum Disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults 35 and over.
*Smoking, crooked teeth, defective fillings, pregnancies and use of oral contraceptive are some factors that increase the risk of gum disease.
*A diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, found in foods like fish and nuts, can help lower the risks of gum disease.
Reduces 90% of plaque germs that cause gum problems. Ordinary toothpastes don’t.
*Dramatization illustrating reduction of plaque bacteria 12 hours after brushing with Colgate Total vs ordinary, non-antibacterial toothpaste. 12 hours after brushing vs ordinary, non-antibacterial toothpaste.
*The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affair’s Acceptances of Colgate Total Gum Defense toothpaste is based on its findings that the produce is effective in helping to prevent and reduce tooth decay, gingivitis and plaque above the gumline and bad breath and to whiten teeth by removing surface stains, when used as directed.
*Disclaimer: this information was taken directly from the Colgate Total pamphlet. I have never used the product so I can tell you how well it works either yes or no. You will have to try the product and determine this for yourself.