There is a little ritual that most of us perform every morning when we wake up, and every night before we go to bed. It is called brushing our teeth. I am a bit of a fanatic about it, and use all the proper methods for just the right amount of time to get healthy gums.
So you can imagine my surprise when I saw red foam in my toothbrush. My gums were bleeding! Additional brushing attempts revealed that my gums were not only bleeding, but they were also swollen, and they started to hurt.
I immediately made an appointment with my family dentist who confirmed that I had fallen victim to gingivitis – which is the official term for inflamed gums. But how was it that I wound up suffering? I mean, I brushed my teeth twice daily. Wasn’t that enough? [Read more…]