Your Gums and You

Do you know the risk factors for gum disease? It's time to educate yourself.

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You try to exercise, eat right, and manage your stress levels, but did you know that your gums need care, too? Proper gum maintenance is self-care that has major rewards­ and it takes only a few minutes each day.

Gum health: It’s about more than your gums

Your dentist doesn’t encourage you to consistently brush and floss just for kicks! Left untreated, minor gum inflammation and bleeding could lead to a more serious condition called periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss.

According to a new survey commissioned by Colgate-Palmolive, more than half of people who have these symptoms ignore the issue! Don’t be one of them. Gum care is an important part of a healthy mouth, and consistent brushing with a specialized toothpaste and toothbrush helps to fight the bacteria that can cause early gum disease.

Why some people are at extra risk for gum issues

Did you know there are a number of factors that can contribute to early gum disease? These can include stress, aging, pregnancy, diabetes, and smoking. These can put you at higher risk of early gum disease, and it’s even smarter to make good oral care a regular part of your self-care routine.

Signs and symptoms to keep an eye on

According to the Canadian Dental Association, more than 70 percent of Canadians will experience gum issues at some point in their lives. It’s common, but it’s also preventable and reversible if caught early! Some signs to watch out for include red, swollen or bleeding gums, tenderness, pain when chewing, sensitive teeth and bad breath.

Gum care is self-care

Brushing your teeth is an easy self-care step. And if you’re experiencing the early signs of gum disease, then it may be time to consider using a specialized toothpaste and toothbrush like Colgate PerioGard5F Gum Care. The specialized formula significantly reduces gum bleeding and inflammation and provides long-lasting gum protection with continued use. It can be used with the new Colgate® PerioGard Gum Protection Ultra Soft Toothbrush, specifically designed to gently remove plaque and bacteria. If you are looking for healthier gums, try this toothpaste clinically proven for healthier gums.

To learn more about the risk factors, causes and consequences of gum health issues, take Colgate® PerioGard’s new Gum Health Quiz at