Did you know the ancient Egyptians used a mixture of myrrh, cinnamon, and honey to treat gum disease? 

For a more modern take on preventing gingivitis and gum disease, The Gleamery makes proactive oral hygiene fun, so you can avoid many of the not-so-fun health conditions often linked to gum disease. You don't need to wait for "the signs" of gum disease to get a teeth cleaning 

Here are 5 things to know about gum disease: 

  1. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Did you know that gum disease is so common that it affects 3 out of 4 adults at some point in their lives? It's like a rite of passage into adulthood.

  2. Inadequate oral hygiene is the primary cause of gum disease. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums, can harden into tartar if not removed by adequate brushing and flossing. Tartar buildup can lead to gum inflammation and infection.

  3. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. It also causes bad breath. Wondering why your friends are avoiding you? It might be time to brush up on your oral hygiene! If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease that can cause irreversible damage to the teeth and gums.

  4. Gum disease has been linked to several systemic health conditions beyond toothache—including heart disease, stroke, and even premature births. So taking care of your gums isn't just good for your smile, it's good for your overall health.

  5. Treatment for gum disease depends on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, improved oral hygiene and professional cleaning can reverse gingivitis. In more advanced cases, specialized treatments may be necessary to control the infection and restore gums back to health.

Take advantage of The Gleamery's proactive teeth cleaning services and on-demand appointment booking for same or next day visits. By adding an additional one or two cleanings a year to supplement your bi-annual dentist visits and exams, your teeth and body will get the proper care it needs to fend off infections and illnesses. The Gleamery is no judgement, no drills—just relaxing care for your pearly whites!