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Why Gum Health Is Important

December 22, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Michael Franquemont
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The health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth. Your gums support your teeth and hold them in place, and without this support, your teeth move, shift, and loosen. The gums cover oral structures and bones, providing a barrier against bacteria, such as plaque and tartar. When the gums are inflamed or infected, it can lead to other oral health issues, such as tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. 

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection or inflammation of gum tissue. Symptoms of periodontal disease often include:

  • Red, swollen, or puffy gums
  • Tooth pain
  • Pain when chewing
  • Loose teeth 
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tender, sore, or bleeding gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gums 

According to Harvard Health Publishing, untreated periodontal disease can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and other health issues. Gum disease is preventable and controllable with excellent oral hygiene and oral health habits, such as brushing, flossing, and getting exams and professional teeth cleanings. 

Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Cenntenial, CO

Professional dental cleanings help prevent several oral health concerns, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, root canal infections, and more. You can maintain healthy teeth and gums for life with excellent oral hygiene. In addition to dental exams and cleanings, we offer periodontal treatment to ensure your gums stay healthy and disease-free. 

Practicing excellent oral hygiene can help prevent bacterial infection or reduce inflammation in the mouth. To maintain your gum health, be sure to:

  • Brush at least twice daily. 
  • Floss at least once daily. 
  • Rinse with mouthwash. 
  • Reduce your risk of developing gum disease. 
  • Visit your dentist for exams and cleanings. 

Your dentist can give you specific recommendations for treating and preventing gum disease outside of the dental office. 

Protect Your Gum Health Today 

Stay ahead of the curve and protect your whole smile by getting a routine exam and cleaning. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with us. 

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