The Importance of Periodontal Health
Remember: the health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth.
What are you doing to ensure that you have healthy gums? If you aren’t even sure what habits keep gums healthy then it’s a good thing you’re here. Our Mount Airy, NC, dentists Drs. Bennett and Lynette Smith want patients to fully understand how important the health of their gums are not just to their oral health but also their general health.
Gums and Your Oral Health
Your gums fit firmly around the teeth, providing them with support. Unfortunately, when disease affects the gums it causes the tissue to recede. Receding gums aren’t able to provide teeth with the ample support they need, which results in loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. By investing in the health of your gums you are also investing in the health of your teeth. This includes practicing good oral hygiene including,
- Brushing twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Using fluoride toothpaste
- Using mouthwash
- Seeing your dentist for regular cleanings
- Quitting or avoiding smoking
- Limiting alcohol, sugar and starches
The Link Between Gum Health and Overall Health
Your gums also tell our dentists a lot about your overall health, which is why taking a trip to our Mount Airy, NC, office twice a year for professional dentist-supervised cleanings is necessary for everyone. Certain changes in your gums could be a sign of serious health problems.
If you notice any changes in your gums, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Problems that require immediate attention include,
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, red and tender gums
- Receding gums
- Sudden tooth sensitivity
- Sudden tooth darkening
- Persistent bad breath
- An abscess on the gums
- Any wounds, sores or patches that don’t heal
- Loose teeth
Blue Ridge Dental in Mount Airy, NC, offers expert dentists, friendly staff and a welcoming environment for families looking to get everything from routine cleanings to restorative dentistry and braces. To schedule your next cleaning call our office at (336) 789-5306.