Periodontal Health: Don't Forget About Your Gums

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Proper dental hygiene practices are critical in maintaining good dental and overall health, but what is considered to be proper dental hygiene? Maybe you think about brushing your teeth twice a day and keeping them clean. However, brushing your teeth should be only half of your oral hygiene and oral health regimen

What about the health of your gums? Maintaining the health of your gums is just as important as maintaining the health of your teeth. If you only focus on your teeth and ignore the health of your gums, you run the risk of developing gum disease. Gum disease is a systemic disease that cannot be healed once it develops; it is similar to diabetes in that manner. 

If you, unfortunately, do develop gum disease, it is critical to receive periodontal therapy. If you do not receive therapy for your gum disease, it can cause many additional adverse problems. Problems that gum disease may lead to include halitosis (bad breath), tooth loss, diabetes, dementia, and more. When going through your hygiene care before bed, remember your gums! That means flossing properly, lightly brushing your gums, and maintaining routine visits to the dentist!

Some health conditions that gum disease causes are serious, and others are more embarrassing than anything else (think bad breath). Love your gums, and they will love you back! 

Video courtesy of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Are you in need of periodontal therapy?

Do you need to receive treatment for your gums? If so, we recommend scheduling an appointment today. Receiving treatment for your gums is imperative in maintaining great oral health.

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