Gums are an important part of your mouth and since September is National Gum Care Month, the staff at Premier Dentistry of Eagle wants to do our part to teach you how to fight gum disease and improve your oral health!
Approximately 64 million American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. The purpose behind National Gum Care Month is to bring attention to the very real problem of gum disease and to help raise awareness of ways you can take better care of your gums so that you don’t suffer with the pain of gingivitis and potential tooth loss. Your gums protect your teeth by covering the sensitive roots and if not taken care of properly, they can actually cause harm and put your teeth and health at risk of more serious problems.
Although gum disease is more prevalent in older people, it can affect children also. Did you know that gum disease is considered a contagious disease, meaning those with the disease can transfer it to other people? Sharing the same spoon, glass or even a kiss can actually transmit gum disease-causing bacteria to another person. Gum disease should not be taken lightly; it has been linked to heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, preterm birth, and stillborn deaths.
Following are some simple, but powerful, ways you can improve the health of your gums:
Maintaining a dedicated regular daily flossing habit is the single most important thing you can do to improve the health of your gums. Although brushing your teeth is vital to your overall oral health, standard brushing can’t reach the tiny particles of food that end up lodged between your teeth or wedged into the gum line at the base of the teeth. Even after a good thorough brushing, your gums can still be plagued with tiny bacteria in the form of food particles.
As these tiny particles decompose, they attract bacteria. With bacteria infesting one tiny spot on or inside the gum line, inflammation and even infection can occur. While most people are in the habit of brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing is a less common practice, but if you want to protect the health of your gums, it’s mandatory.
Don’t underestimate the importance of brushing your teeth and gums at least twice a day. While flossing is more important specifically to gum health, brushing helps cleanse the whole mouth of disease-causing bacteria, keeping teeth healthy and strong, and toughening the gums so they’re more resistant to disease. Be careful! Brushing your teeth and gums too vigorously can actually damage your gums, so lighten up on the pressure when you brush and be sure you’re using a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Several studies have linked oral health, including the gums, to the health of your whole body. Periodontal disease (Gum disease) not only affects the health of your mouth, it is linked to a host of serious conditions including cardiac problems, digestive problems, birth complications and diabetes.
One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. It’s important to take the time to inspect your gums regularly and be aware of any unexplained changes that occur. More often than not, there is no pain with gum disease until the disease has become very severe. Early recognition and action are the most important steps to having healthy gums. The early stages of gum disease are reversible and moderate to severe periodontal disease is treatable. Gum disease treatment includes professionally cleaning the pockets around teeth to prevent damage to surrounding bone. Advanced cases may require oral surgery.
If you notice any of these signs, please schedule an appointment at our Eagle, Idaho office as soon as possible. Dr. Shane S. Porter and our team of professionals can take proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve gum care in your daily oral hygiene habits.
While the self-care habits described previously go a long way in keeping your gums healthy and protecting you from gingivitis, it’s still important to have Dr. Porter examine your teeth and gums at least twice a year. At least once a year, he will want to take updated x-rays of your teeth, as they can show signs of periodontal disease and bone loss that may not be visible to the naked eye.
Establishing great oral health starts with healthy gums and a healthy oral environment. During a visit to Dr. Porter, he can give you specific instructions on areas that you may need to improve on.
Contact our office online, or call (208) 546-0655 to make an appointment. Dr. Porter is here to provide comprehensive treatments for your whole family, whether it is to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that helps you feel confident or overcoming gum disease. He is prepared to help you meet all your dental needs and goals. Conveniently located in Eagle, Idaho at 467 South Rivershore Lane, Premier Dentistry of Eagle is also accessible to patients in the surrounding communities of Star, Middleton, Meridian, Garden City, and Boise.
As you become more aware of your gum health through National Gum Care Month, applying these simple tips can help you establish habits that will keep your gums healthy in the months and years to come.