Your gums are a physical mechanism designed to protect your teeth and form a barrier against unwanted diseases. They include soft skin covering your bones and teeth. These tissues form a seal around them, thus keeping them in place and protecting against bacteria. When you take proper gum care, you keep many oral diseases at bay.
The health of your gums is just as important as that of your teeth. Many people take their gum health for granted, thus succumbing to various gum diseases. If proper action is not taken on time, the gum disease advances into more serious stages and affects your overall health. Gum disease may often suggest that you are suffering from other conditions in your body, including diabetes.
It is the most basic yet important practice to maintain good gum health. In most cases, people brush their teeth but skip flossing. Both brushing and flossing are essential to maintain your gum health in the long run. Floss, particularly after food and before bed. If you have any dental restoration, such as implants or bridges, use an interdental brush to remove the accumulation of food particles.
Smoking affects your teeth and gum health to a great extent. The composition of tobacco in smoking inhibits the healing of your soft tissues, leading to dryness, which further houses the pathogenic bacteria. If you are a smoker, you are at a higher risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. Quit smoking at the earliest to live a healthy life.
What you consume affects your overall health, including oral health. Be particular about what you eat regularly. Limit the consumption of sugary and starchy foods as they lead to the accumulation of plaque and tartar in your mouth. Include lots of greens, healthy oils and fats, legumes, fruits, and plenty of water in your diet.
Dental check-ups involve dental examination and cleaning. Skipping them takes a toll on your dental health. We perform a dental cleaning to remove the build-up of calculus from your teeth and gum line, thus keeping your mouth healthy. Regular dental check-ups help us to diagnose any tooth or gum disease before it advances to its further stage. Visit us for cleaning and examination twice a year to maintain your dental health.
Some of the common signs of periodontal disease include pockets of pus, darkening of gums, unexplained bleeding from the gums, widening spaces between your teeth, and receding gums.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Healthy Smile Dental Care, call (786) 345-2040 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 3412 W 84th St #110, Hialeah, FL 33018.