It is common knowledge that having healthy teeth is critical to both your oral and general health. However, did you know that the health of your gums is just as important? Many people do not realize this important fact and tend to forget about their gums in comparison to their teeth. Nearly 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease. Your Indian Trail, NC dentist is here to help keep your gums healthy.
The Importance of Healthy Gums
Your gums are made from a soft tissue and surround your teeth to protect the bone underneath. If not brushed or flossed away, bacteria build up on the teeth and turn into plaque. Plaque releases toxins which irritate the gums, causing gum disease like gingivitis. Many researchers believe that gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections, making patients with gum disease more susceptible to these conditions. Additionally, gum disease eventually causes bone and tooth loss. This, in turn, causes sagging facial muscles, gaps and moving teeth.
How can I keep my gums healthy?
Brush your teeth twice daily and floss once to remove the bacteria and plaque buildup on your teeth. Not having a strong morning and nighttime oral care routine only further complicates gum disease and tooth decay. Flossing reaches the areas of the teeth which the toothbrush’s bristles cannot. The best weapon against gum disease in your oral care arsenal is your dentist. Going in for examinations and cleanings twice a year is hugely important in catching and treating gum disease and tooth decay early.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gingivitis is gum disease at its earliest stage. The gums become red, swollen, bloody, irritated, sore and inflamed. If left untreated, the bacteria’s toxins begin attacking the bone and tissue under the gums, causing bone loss. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, further irritating the gums. Gingivitis grows into periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease.
For more information on gum disease, please contact husband and wife team Dr. Alex W. Ramos, D.D.S. and Dr. Milagros Diaz, D.D.S. at Infinity Dental Arts in Indian Trail, NC. Call (704) 218-2132 to schedule your examination and cleaning today.