You’re not alone if you have gum disease. Also called gingivitis, the Canadian Dental Association estimates that 7 out of every 10 Canadians will develop gum disease during their lives. Many don’t even realize they are affected because the beginning symptoms are subtle, but leaving gum disease unchecked can lead to other major health concerns.
The early stages of gum disease are referred to as gingivitis. The plaque on your teeth harbours bacteria, which causes inflammation. If the bacteria grow and lead to periodontal disease, small pockets form underneath the teeth and are prone to infection. The bone and tissue keeping teeth attached to your mouth begin to break down from the infection. Eventually, this can lead to tooth loss.