Generally, healthy gums should look pink and firm, not red and swollen. Unfortunately, when you think of a healthy smile, your gums may not immediately come to mind. However, maintaining healthy gums is paramount in preventing gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay. If your gums are red around your teeth, then you may be experiencing the early stages of periodontal (gum) disease. Fortunately, regular teeth cleaning and checkups make gum disease easy to prevent. If you currently have periodontal disease, you’re in luck.
Why You Should Consider Your Gum Health
Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in older adults. So the cause of gum disease is bacteria left unchecked to gather in the pockets beneath your teeth, causing an infection and disease. These infections can spread to the rest of your mouth and body. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to periodontitis, an advanced type of gum disease linked to tooth loss. Periodontitis is associated with heart problems such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Mouth Bacteria Affect the Heart?
Recent studies indicate that people with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums. So, it makes sense to care for your mouth like you do the rest of your body.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding teeth. Unfortunately, gum disease is commonly recognized as the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
How do I maintain healthy gums?
The first step is practicing good oral hygiene, brushing teeth, flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups.
Get regular dental checkups.
Professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar from your teeth and eliminate plaque that is missed when brushing your teeth.
With frequent visits, a dentist will identify early signs of gum disease and gingivitis. Early detection prevents more severe problems from occurring.