Celebrate National Gum Care Month
For many people, the arrival of September means the return of school and the upcoming transition of seasons. September is a month that has so much to offer and is a great month to give the important reminder of proper gum care. Taking care of your gums can help make you a healthier person. Good oral health has been linked to the other health areas of the body such as your heart. Early action, recognition, and good oral health habits are key steps to helping your gums stay pink and pain-free. Drs. Stan & Carol Montee want you to be fully informed of what can happen if you don’t take proper care of your gums.
Did you know that your gums help to protect the roots of your teeth? The gums also protect the surrounding support structures of teeth from bacteria that can cause periodontal (gum) disease. Research completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that over 47 percent of American adults have mild to severe periodontitis. That almost half of American adults! Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that can cause inflammation, redness, and bleeding of the gums. Without proper treatment gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. If left untreated, plaque can spread below the gum line and become inflamed.
The primary cause of gum disease is bacteria in dental plaque, which produces toxins that create an inflammatory process in the gums. The more plaque that builds up on the teeth, the more toxins will begin to breakdown gum tissue and bone that hold the teeth in the sockets. When periodontitis is left untreated it can eventually lead to tooth decay. Medications, smoking, diabetes, and poor oral hygiene habits can also contribute to gum disease. Some of the warning signs and symptoms of gum disease are:
- Red or swollen gums
- Painful chewing
- Sensitive teeth
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
Fortunately, gum disease can typically be avoided with proper dental care habits:
- Brushing Gums: Gently brushing your gums in circular motion will help get rid of decay causing bacteria. Healthy teeth require healthy gums.
- Flossing: It’s important to floss to keep healthy gums because it removes food particles that are in hard to reach areas.
- No Smoking: Smokers are more susceptible to infections such as, gum disease because it interferes with the normal tissue function of your gums.
- Regular Dental Visits: Regular checkups and cleanings can help you keep a healthy smile and detect oral problems ahead of time before damage can occur.
Remember the benefit of good dental hygiene results in more than just a great smile.
If you’ve experience any of the above symptoms in your dental health, or if you have questions or concerns, schedule an appointment with Montee & Montee Dental Co in Nashville, Tennessee. You can book a visit online at greenhillsdentist.com, or you can call 615-656-0102.