Why Healthy Gums Produce Happy Smiles
- June 22, 2016
Welcome to the Gentle Dental Care blog!
We are glad that you found our online home, and if you happen to live in Connecticut, we’d love to see you sometime this summer in our cozy Plainville office.
Today we want to talk about a much overlooked topic: your gums.
Sure your teeth get all the glory when it comes to having a great smile, but they wouldn’t be able to shine like they do if it wasn’t for the strong support structure that your gums provide day after day, year after year. That’s why they should never be taken for granted.
Your Gums Are A Big Deal
Here’s the thing: most American adults will have experienced some level of gum disease in their lifetime. And the leading factor behind adult tooth loss is, you guessed it, gum disease! That is not good news, is it?
Don’t worry, if you are ever faced with this condition, we’ll be here to help you find the best possible solution for restoring the health of your smile. But here’s the way it usually unfolds: in the beginning it manifests as gingivitis. At that point it will only irritate your soft tissues a little. This bacterial infection is hastened by plaque or tartar that is missed by your brushing and flossing. But, at first, it won’t be enough of an issue to draw your attention. It usually takes a trained eye to detect gum disease while it is still possible to reverse it with conservative treatments.
Soon enough there will be increased tenderness, bleeding, and swelling of your gums that will quickly get your attention. By that time, the infection will have advanced into full-blown periodontal disease.
Your Mouth Is At Risk
Left undiagnosed/untreated periodontal disease will get nasty. Your gums will begin to pull away from your teeth as the bacteria weakens your tissue more and more.
Even though your teeth may not technically be infected, they can still become loose enough to fall out because there will be nothing left to support them. Makes sense, right?
Your Body Is Also A Target
There’s no telling what could happen if the infection gets loose in your bloodstream. But you can bet that your teeth and gums aren’t going to be the only targeted areas.
The bacteria that causes gum disease is also correlated with many life-threatening illnesses:
Get this: once the gum disease bacteria begins making its way through your body, it can cause clots to form, lead to heart disease, and possibly result in a heart attack.
Incredibly, gum disease is also linked with several forms of cancer including pancreatic cancer, which is generally only caught late and notoriously hard to treat.
Diabetic patients need to pay attention to their hygiene habits because gum disease can make it tough to keep blood sugar levels under control.
Prevent These Things, Come See Us!
We didn’t mean to scare you with today’s post. If you are brushing, flossing, and rinsing daily at home, and visiting our Plainville, CT dental office for a professional teeth cleaning every 3-6 months, you won’t have too much to worry about.
But you never want your oral health needs to get away from you. After all, healthy gums make for happy smiles! Contact us today to schedule your next preventive appointment in Plainville, CT!