Gum Health

My teeth are sparkling white and I brush twice a day I have a healthy mouth. This is what a lot of people believe however this is not always the case. We must take care of our gums too. The common theme with all of oral health is that it is often a reflection of our overall health. Our gums play an important role in the health of our entire bodies. Gum disease can cause other health issues just as some health issues and medications can cause gum disease.

Gum disease more often referred to as periodontal disease is very common. It affects approximately 1 in 7 adults between ages 35 and 44. As we age it progresses to every 1 in 4. Periodontal disease whether in its beginning stages, gingivitis, or more advanced, periodontist, can have major impacts on our health. Gum disease in a swelling of the gums and a buildup of bacteria in the mouth. While some bacteria in the mouth is good as it aids in digestion an excess of this bacteria can cause problems. Minor issues related to this buildup of extra bacteria are swollen gums and possible bleeding of the gums. More severe issues are a breakdown of the areas surrounding the teeth and even tooth loss. Gum disease can also lead to endocarditis, bacteria surrounding the heart.

 

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There are also some diseases and medications that can affect the health of your gums. Diabetes is one of the major diseases that can impact the health of your gums. Some of the medications that are used to treat diabetes can cause dry mouth which leads to an increase of bacteria. Other medications that can affect the health of your gums are ones that are used to treat epilepsy, immunosuppressant’s, and blood pressure medications. It is important that you let your dentist know if you take any of these medications so that he or she can provide the best dental solutions for you and your needs.

Just as we take care of the health issues of our body we must also take care of the health needs of our gums. Gum disease is preventable and if you already suffer from it, it is treatable and often reversible. Brushing properly twice a day and flossing properly at least once a day are important factors in maintaining healthy gums. Visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleaning is also important as they can remove any excess plaque and tarter build up that regular brushing and flossing at home may miss. Remember gum disease is preventable.


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