September is National Gum Care Month, so we want to help you see why your gums are so important to good oral health. Gum disease is a serious medical condition that can leave you with a gum infection that can spread to the supportive bone holding your teeth as well as deteriorate precious gum tissue. Untreated gum disease results in inflamed gum pockets and eventual tooth loss.
The culprit is bacteria that can create gum pain and potential bleeding. This stage is referred to as early gum disease, or gingivitis. When caught early, it’s reversible and can keep it from progressing into its more advanced stage of periodontitis. This latter stage is the biggest reason teeth can loosen and fall out. Catching gum disease early means looking for these telltale signs:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum pain
- Gum sores
- Sour taste in your mouth
While bacteria tend to be the leading cause of gum disease, young people can get it from a vitamin deficiency that weakens their gum’s ability to fight inflammation. Gum disease doesn’t just harm your smile, but your systemic health as well. Periodontitis leads to other inflammatory conditions including heart disease, diabetes and even autoimmune issues.
Proactive Ways to Protect Your Gums
- Brush and floss every day to get rid of harmful bacterial plaque before it hardens.
- Get a good toothbrush you will use as well as a flossing tool of choice.
- Get a good toothpaste, antibacterial mouthwash and a tongue scraper to control oral bacteria.
- See your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings and exams.
- Eat a nutritionally balanced diet with plenty of essential vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system.
A healthy smile starts with healthy teeth and gums. If you see any signs of gum disease, schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Jerry Butler and our experienced dental team. We are here to help you and your family maintain the healthy smile you deserve! Give us a call today!