Gum disease, encompassing gingivitis and periodontitis, is a battle against bacterial invaders, often waged due to poor oral hygiene.
Picture it as a microscopic war zone – bacterial plaque invades, and if your oral defences aren't up to par, trouble brews. Gingivitis is the initial skirmish, but if left unchecked, it can escalate into a more advanced condition known as periodontitis which involves bone loss of the jaw.
Neglecting gum disease is like surrendering territory. Pain, swelling, bleeding, gum and bone loss follow, potentially leading to irreversible conditions such as loose teeth.
According to the World Health Organization, severe periodontitis is the 11th most prevalent disease globally.