We frequently stress the importance of caring for your teeth, but other oral care elements are equally important. Your gums play a critical role in your gum health and even your total body health.
Did you know that in the United States, almost 50% of adults over the age of 30 have periodontal or gum disease? The gums are soft tissue encasing your teeth, roots, and jawbone. They seal and protect against disease-causing bacteria and keep your teeth in place. Without that protection, bacteria can easily slip into the deeper parts of teeth, causing cavities and tooth loss.
It is interesting to note that gingivitis, one form of gum disease that causes inflamed gums, is also linked to other health concerns. When your gums are inflamed, bacteria in your mouth can move to your bloodstream, making you more susceptible to infections. Some studies link memory issues to gum health as well. Finally, experts have noticed that heart attack and stroke victims tend to have gum disease. Therefore, your overall gum health is essential for your whole-body wellness.
Simple self-care routines can maintain your gum health. First, floss twice daily. Flossing removes bacteria and food debris from the places your toothbrush cannot reach. Second, make sure to use an American Dental Association (ADA) approved mouthwash to further combat the bacteria in your mouth.
Additionally, you can make some lifestyle changes to keep those gums in tip-top shape. For example, you can limit your intake of sweets. Sugary treats and drinks help create a breeding ground for bacteria in your mouth. The acids produced by the bacteria and sugar combination will attack your teeth and gum tissues. Another way you can improve your gum health is by getting more vitamins in your diet. Vitamin C is a fantastic supporter of building and repairing your body’s tissues, including your gums. Foods like broccoli, cauliflower, and peppers contain loads of Vitamin C.
Finally, one of the keys to keeping your gums healthy is staying on top of regular visits to your dental provider. Even if you are good at your at-home oral health routine, stubborn plaque can sometimes be so tough that it stays on your teeth after brushing. When you go to your regular dental cleanings, that plaque is removed during the deep cleaning, preventing it from turning to tartar.
If you are concerned about your gum health or it is time for you to have a regular check-up, reach out to Value Dental Care. Our trained staff is always ready to help you with all of your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email us or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.