Most gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque, which releases toxins that irritate the soft tissues around the teeth. In addition, gum disease can be progressive. Unfortunately, the signs of gum disease aren't always easy to see and are often painless.
THE SIGNS OF GUM DISEASE
Gums that bleed or are red, swollen and tender.
Gums that have pulled away from teeth.
Pus that appears between the teeth and gums.
Teeth that are loose or have changed position.
Bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
THE STAGES OF GUM DISEASE
DETECTION & TREATMENT
To determine if you have gum disease, your dentist will probe to assess your condition While scaling is the most common treatment, there are many prescription rinses available. Ask your dentist about what's best for you, and exercise proper at-home oral care.
HELPING YOUR SMILE LAST A LIFETIME
BRUSH with a toothbrush clinically proven to reduce gum disease, like Colgate® Total™, and use fluoride toothpaste.
FLOSS daily with an advanced-technology, shred resistant floss such as Colgate® Total™.
PRESCRIPTION RINSE therapy such as Colgate® Periogard® is often recommended.
SEE YOUR DENTIST AND HYGIENIST regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.