Has it been a while since you considered your gums? Even our most dedicated patients – the ones that floss daily, brush two times a day for two minutes, and avoid sugar – may not be doing all they can for their gum health. September is National Gum Care Month, and we have the tips and tidbits to help you keep yours pink and perky!
Some Little Known Facts About Your Gums
We all know our gums are important, after all, they keep our teeth from falling out! But, did you know that they play a far more important role in our dental health – and even our whole body health? It’s true! Gums are one of the most important parts of your body. Here’s why:
- Sick gums help alert us to other serious illnesses. While gingivitis may be nothing more than sore gums and the occasional blood on your toothbrush – it can lead to Periodontitis – a serious disease that can eventually lead to tooth loss. In addition, Periodontitis can signal that something else is wrong in your body. Often, gum disease can be the precursor or result of issues like diabetes and heart disease.
- Gums contain hundreds of tiny blood vessels. These blood vessels can indicate whether or not you have a healthy circulatory system.
- Gums protect your teeth. While the gums hold your teeth securely in your mouth, they also act as a vital line of defense against bacteria. Gums protect and cover the roots of your teeth, which contain exposed nerves. If bacteria reaches these nerves, it can be bad news for your teeth. Say thank you to your gums for keeping the bacteria at bay.
Keep Those Gums Pink
Healthy gums can be determined simply by their color. Healthy gums should be pink. If you notice they are darkening, turning red, bleeding, or even black in spots – that is a sure sign something is wrong.
Our team at Alrez Family Dentistry recommends scheduling a dental check-up every six months to ensure your teeth – and GUMS – are in good health. Not only will we take updated X-rays and do a thorough cleaning, but Dr. Alrez will examine your gums for signs of swelling, irritation, or discoloration.
If it’s been a while since your last cleaning – take this as your sign. Schedule today and celebrate Gum Care Month with us!