Gum Health Basics You Need to Know Posted on 11/20/2019 by Sundberg Office So much attention is focused on your teeth. It's very easy to forget how important your gums are. Your gum health is linked to everything from pneumonia to heart attacks. Below is information you may not know about your gums role in your overall health.
Gum Health and Your Body
Plaque forms down in the gum line in those hard to reach pockets. Without annual cleanings, your gums can become inflamed with gum diseases. Research suggests your inflamed gums possess bacteria that can release into your lungs and bloodstream. This has shown links to respiratory infections, fatigue, heart problems, diabetes, dementia, and premature birth to just name a few. Now that we have your attention here is how to prevent future issues.
Maintaining Healthy Gums
The first information to know are signs you have gum disease. They include bad taste or breath, loose permanent teeth, gums that easily bleed, swollen gums, and red or tender gums that have pulled away from your teeth. If you notice any of these contact our office immediately to treat them. The best ways to protect your gums begins with flossing. It removes the bacteria your toothbrush doesn't reach below the gum line. Quit smoking, it is strongly associated with gum disease. Brush twice, per day for two minutes, using fluoride toothpaste and an electric toothbrush. Follow up with an alcohol-free, fluoride mouthwash. It will have an ADA seal of approval. Last, see our office for cleanings at a minimum every 6 months. We recommend every 3-4 months if you eat sugars, smoke or drink, experience dry mouth or show any signs of gum disease. Your gums are resilient material. With the right care, you can maintain their health. If you have any of the issues above, call today and we will schedule you for a visit as soon as possible and start to correct the problem.