Have you taken the time to appreciate everything healthy gums really do for your entire body? September is National Gum Care Awareness Month. This month gives our practice an additional opportunity to express how important it is to work one on one with patients to prevent gum disease in Midtown East. After all, strong gums protect our entire body from foreign substances entering our bloodstream through our mouths, hold our teeth in place, and also keep our smiles beautiful with their light pink appearance. Let’s take a deeper look at what gum disease is, the seriousness of this condition, and how to prevent it with the help of our dental professionals.
Understanding the Gravity of Gum Disease
Although gum disease is a common disease among Americans, it’s still a serious condition that could negatively affect the rest of your body—not just your smile! It’s critical to recognize the early signs of deteriorating gums so that we can help you revitalize them. If you notice any of these signs, we recommend that you visit your dentist in Midtown East for periodontal therapy as soon as possible:
- Red, swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Buildup of pus between gums
- Loose fitting teeth
- Receding gums
- Pockets of infection along your gum line
- Chronic bad breath
Healthy Gums Equate to a Healthy Body!
When you keep your teeth and gums strong, the rest of your body will stay strong too! But, if your gum health begins to decline and continue to advance to periodontal disease (advanced gum disease), you could be risking your overall health. Did you know these systematic health conditions are directly correlated to gum disease?
One of the symptoms of gum disease is gum recession. When your gums recede, it leaves the rest of your body susceptible to harmful dental bacteria. Even the ventricles of your heart could become clogged with harmful bacteria, causing cardiovascular disease.
Just like with heart disease, harmful dental bacteria can enter the bloodstream and even affect your brain. There have been many cases of strokes directly correlated to gum disease.
This condition, which causes bones to become brittle catalyze bone loss, may be connected to tooth loss caused by periodontal disease.
Do your gums bleed when you brush? There’s still hope!
Have you noticed the early signs of gum disease? There’s no better time than now to start rejuvenating your oral health with periodontal therapy. Your general dentist in Midtown East utilizes a series of non-surgical scaling and root planing procedures to deep clean above and below the gum line. We will also prescribe antibiotics to maximize your mouth’s healing.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our smile experts. We’re here to revive your gums at any stage of gum disease.