The next time your dentist (or hygienist) gives up the dental intel, take the time to mentally catalog your gum disease numbers…2…3…4…3…3…2… if we hear anything over 2 or 3 we need to remain diligent, if we hear 4s we need to reinforce our oral defenses!
Here are some signs of gum disease courtesy of Colgate.com:
– Red, swollen and/or tender gums
– Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
– Receding gums
– Changes in your bite, or the way your teeth fit together
– Persistent bad breath
For some humorous take on the numbers of healthcare in America, and the role social media plays in the way Americans take in (and hopefully SHARE) this important information, check out this video from the Mayo Clinic:
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