August 30, 2017
Many people only think of their teeth when they think about oral health. But what about the periodontal (gum) tissue that holds your pearly whites in place? The gums make up half of your smile, after all, and their health is absolutely crucial to your oral and overall wellbeing. Your dentist in Weymouth will work hard to make sure your gums stay in shape through regular preventive care and gum disease treatment as needed. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of good periodontal health from the team at Columbian Square Dental!
Why Healthy Gums Matter
Your mouth doesn’t exist in a vacuum — and actually, it’s one of the most integral parts of your overall wellbeing. Because your gum tissue provides an easy entry into the bloodstream, an infection here can quickly spread throughout the body. Gum disease has been linked to a number of health conditions, including…
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Memory loss
- And others
Protecting your gum health is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health as you age. And having healthy gum tissue also ensures you can undergo all the dental treatments you need to enjoy a strong, beautiful smile. Your dentist may not perform some services if your gums are recessed or infected. Porcelain veneers, ceramic restorations, and other cosmetic treatments are reserved for patients in solid oral and overall health.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Keep an eye out on your gum tissue to spot the early warning signs of gum disease. Doing so will help to ensure you receive the treatment you need sooner rather than later.
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss your teeth
- Gum recession, or gums that pull away from where they should be against the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
Tips for Better Gum Health
Fortunately, it’s not so difficult to take care of your gums to enjoy better periodontal health. First of all, make sure you’re brushing and flossing as directed. Use a fluoridated toothpaste and brush your teeth gently for two minutes, at least twice a day. Floss properly, gently working the dental floss up, down, and around each tooth at least once daily. Add an antimicrobial mouthrinse for even better hygiene.
Visiting your dentist every six months is the other crucial step for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. When we can see your smile routinely, we are able to detect issues like gum disease almost as soon as they develop, enabling us to provide prompt, effective periodontal therapy.
Additional tips for healthier gums include:
- Avoid tobacco of any kind
- Eat a balanced, nutritious diet
- Drink plenty of water
- Chew sugarfree gum after meals and in the afternoon
Guard Your Gums!
When was the last time you visited your trusted dentist for preventive dental attention? If it’s been longer than six months, it’s time to have your teeth and gums checked out. We invite you to request an appointment online today!
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