Why Taking Care of Your Gums Is Important

Closeup of a woman pulling back her upper lip to show healthy gums

Your gums are hugely important to your oral wellness. Healthy gums help hold your teeth in place by supporting and protecting the roots embedded in the jawbone. Gums also complement the appearance of your teeth and keep your mouth moist and comfortable.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Gums

Maintaining healthy gums gives your smile a strong foundation! Healthy gums are pink, firm, and painless. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove plaque and food particles from along your gumline and under your gums. Consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and avoid tobacco products.

Unhealthy gums are abnormally red, tender, swollen, and prone to bleeding. If your gums begin pulling away from your teeth and receding due to inflammation, then your teeth become more vulnerable to cavities. This is because bacteria and food particles can become trapped against the sensitive roots of your teeth. You are also more likely to experience a painful gum infection that can compromise the health of your teeth and contribute to jawbone deterioration.

Unhealthy gums and weakened ligaments can lead to teeth becoming loose, which means they could fall out. Unlike baby teeth, adult teeth are meant to last the rest of your life. Contact your dentist as soon as possible if you experience loose adult teeth.

Gum Disease Is Connected to Other Illness

When your gums are irritated and diseased, it means that bad bacteria can enter your bloodstream and spread to the rest of our body. Studies have found that periodontal disease has been tied to other health issues like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease. By taking care of your gums, you contribute positively to your overall health.

We Can Help Improve Your Gum Health!

If you’ve been neglecting your gums a little bit and think they need some extra TLC, please contact Our team at Southern Dental Fort Smith. As part of our comprehensive dental services, we provide cleanings, exams, and other treatments to make sure your gums are in tip-top shape. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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