Your Health: Why Your Gums Are Important Too

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We know a healthy mouth is important to you, but have you ever thought about how important your gums can be to you and your overall health?

If you haven’t thought about it, it’s time to start. Your gums are an important and essential part of your mouth. The tissues of your gums act as a barrier that covers and protects the bones of your teeth from bacteria. But often times, we forget to care for our gums, like we do our teeth, which ultimately can lead to gum disease.

Gum disease, causes our gums to swell, redden and bleed. If left untreated, a gum disease known as periodontitis can infect your gums and the bone underneath your teeth causing them to loosen and fall out.

The good news is you can easily prevent gum disease by taking care of your gums at home and in your dentist’s office. Simple oral hygiene practices like brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, rinsing with an antiseptic mouth wash, staying in good physical health and visiting your dentist for semi-annual professional cleanings are all great ways to keep your gums in tip-top shape.

Keeping your gums healthy and strong is a great way to maintain your overall health. If you suffer from bleeding or swollen gums, please contact our office today at 828-264-3333. Our staff is willing to work with you to find the right treatment option for your mouth.