When you think about your dental health, you may think only of your teeth, but the reality is that dental health encompasses your teeth, your tongue, and your gums.
In fact, your gums play a particularly important role in your health—not just your dental health, but your overall health.
Gum disease can be tied with an increased risk of severe or emergency medical conditions, such as stroke and diabetes. Taking good care of your gums is an important part of keeping healthy.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
While it’s not often talked about, gum disease is a significant cause of tooth loss. It’s an infection of your gums, the tissues that surround your teeth, and it’s caused by plaque.
If you’re experiencing problems with your gums, you may be at risk for gum disease. These symptoms can be a warning sign:
- A change in your bite
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums that have pulled away from teeth
- Loose or separating permanent teeth
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Red or swollen gums
Protecting Your Gums
The good news is that you can take steps to protect your gums. Good dental hygiene is a good place to begin.
Brush your teeth (and your gums and tongue) twice daily, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Floss at least once a day to remove debris and plaque between your teeth. You may also want to consider mouthwash as an addition to these basics but remember that it’s not a substitute for either brushing or flossing.
See your dentist regularly for cleanings. When you undergo a dental cleaning, we can clean surfaces of your teeth at a level you cannot through at-home care.
If you smoke, stop. Smoking is associated with an increased risk of developing gum disease.
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