3 out of 4 adults suffer from gum problems during their lifetime
Gum problems occur among adults and is more common among the elderly, diabetics, pregnant women, at some medication and smoking. Gum problems is due to plaque buildup at the gumline. Plaque is the bacteria that need to be removed regularly, otherwise they will harden into tartar which can only be removed by your dentist or dental hygienist.
The human body cooperates with bacteria and the mouth are is exception. There are more than 700 bacterial species that protect the mouth against bacteria that form plaque and cause gum problems. When the balance among oral bacteria is disrupted due to inadequate oral hygiene, stress and poor diet, plaque forming bacteria can gain the upper hand and cause gum problems.
Symptoms of gum problems
Healthy gums are pink, firm and fit tightly to each tooth. Signs of gum problems are gums that are red, sore and bleeding, especially after brushing. Bad breath can also be a sign of gum problems. Ask your dentist or hygienist if you are unsure if you have gum problems.