When we think about keeping our mouth healthy, gums are sometimes an afterthought. Isn’t it more important to worry about cavities and keeping our teeth clean?
The truth is, keeping our gums healthy is just as vital as taking care of our pearly whites. Half of all American adults have gum disease which is why taking care of our gums is important.
Without gums, our teeth wouldn’t have the support and protection they need. Here are five surprising facts you need to know to help you have healthy gums.
1. Bleeding Gums Are a Sign of Gingivitis
If you’re seeing a bit of bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, your gums are giving you a warning sign that you have gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. If left unaddressed, gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, leading to loose teeth and tooth loss.
Gum disease treatment can prevent tooth and bone loss from happening.
Visit your dentist if your gums are trying to tell you something by bleeding. They can access your oral health habits and help you reverse gingivitis before it has a chance to worsen.
2. Brushing Too Hard Can Hurt Your Gums
The harder we brush, the cleaner our gums and teeth, correct? Actually, applying too much pressure when brushing can cause gum recession. That’s when the gums start to shrink away from the teeth.
This exposes the teeth’s roots, which can lead to decay and increased sensitivity. One of the best ways to prevent gum recession is by gently brushing teeth at a 45-degree angle with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush every three months before the bristles become frayed.
3. They Don’t Grow Back
Unfortunately, receded gums cannot regenerate themselves. Once they’ve pulled away from a tooth, periodontal surgery and the proper at-home care is necessary to help return them to their original state.
4. They Don’t Like Tobacco
Smoking and using other tobacco products can be harmful to your gums’ health. They can lead to gum disease and also make it harder for gums to heal. Smoking has also been linked to oral cancers.
One of the best things you can do for your overall oral health is stop smoking and using any kind of tobacco-based product.
5. They Give Away Your Health
Often the condition of your gums can indicate a sign of an illness in your body. Pale gums, for example, are often a symptom of anemia. People with herpes may experience sores on their gums.
Red and puffy gums can indicate gum disease that has advanced beyond the early stage of gingivitis. Healthy gums are pink without any bleeding and soreness.
We Can Help You Have Healthy Gums
Good oral health hygiene and visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up can help you maintain healthy gums. Even if you floss and brush every day, a professional cleaning can make sure you don’t develop gingivitis and that you’re doing a good job at home caring for your gums.
Our friendly, caring staff can help you have and maintain healthy gums and teeth. Request an appointment with us to schedule a check-up and cleaning.