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Is Gum Health Important?

August 31, 2022 10:25 pm

When it comes to having a healthy smile, that includes more than just your teeth! Gums are crucial in keeping your mouth and entire body healthy and strong.

Healthy Gums Can Help Prevent Infections In the Teeth & Body

Gums are the pink soft tissue around your teeth. They help anchor your teeth and act as a protective barrier that prevents bad bacteria from harming tooth roots and entering the bloodstream. Keeping gums healthy can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth and stave off a variety of smile and health complications. Plus, compromised gums are painful! Keeping your gums healthy will prevent any tenderness and sensitivity from irritated and receded gums.

Unhealthy Gums Can Wreak Havoc on Your Health

Infected gums can cause a domino effect on your health. Without a proper oral hygiene regimen, harmful bacteria can build up around the gum line which can, over time, lead to gum disease. Gum (periodontal) disease is associated with a wide variety of oral and physical health issues including:

  • Cardiovascular Complications
  • Uncontrolled Blood Sugar
  • Halitosis
  • Loosening Teeth
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Systemic Inflammation

How to Keep Your Gums Strong & Healthy

First, we recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily. A great oral hygiene routine can remove plaque and tartar buildup and keep harmful bacteria at bay. In addition to daily brushing and flossing your teeth, we recommend seeing your dentist at least twice a year for a biannual checkup and exam. Your checkups are designed to deep clean your teeth, especially the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. Additionally, your dental team will screen for oral cancer, check for any signs of dental issues, and recommend any necessary treatment.

Maintain a Healthy Smile with Jonesboro Dental Care!

At Jonesboro Dental Care, your gum health is a top priority. We provide a variety of treatment options and personalized care to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Please contact our team to schedule your next dental checkup!

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