When it comes to the health of your teeth, there is more at stake than just the teeth themselves. In order to keep your whole mouth healthy and your teeth strong, you have to also take care of your gums. Your gums are responsible for keeping your teeth securely in place and when they are diseased, it can lead to severe damage to your teeth and more.
As your local Frederick dentist, we are passionate about ensuring your entire mouth is healthy and your teeth are strong. Learn more below about the importance of gum health and how we can help you take care of this important component of your mouth.
The Risks To Your Gums
While most people focus on their teeth when they think about dental health, the reality is that your gums play just as large of a role in the well-being of your teeth. Not only do they protect your teeth, they are responsible for protecting the bones that hold your teeth in place.
Unfortunately, damage to your gums can occur easily through the formation of gum disease. The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis starts to occur as plaque builds up along your gum line and eventually hardens into tartar. This hardened tartar can invade the pockets of gums along your teeth, leading to an infection of the gums. As the plaque and tartar build further and your gums become increasingly infected, you can wind up with a full-blown case of gum disease.
Gum disease will lead to the deterioration of your teeth and eventually can even cause bone loss. If left unchecked, gum disease will erode your bones to the point of tooth loss. Because of the aggressive nature of gum disease, it is important to have a professional assess the severity of the disease to determine what treatment is proper.
The early stages of gum disease can easily go unnoticed because there are not very many symptoms to watch out for. Common signs of gingivitis that you might experience include bleeding gums, sore gums, or swollen gums. When in doubt, it is best to have a professional take a look at your gum health.
How To Care For Your Gums
The best way to protect your gums from disease is to brush and floss at least twice a day. Flossing is particularly important as it can help rid your gums of plaque in harder to reach places that your toothbrush won’t access.
Not only should you practice proper dental hygiene, you should also try to stop any habits that might further damage your gums. For example, smoking puts you at an increased risk for gum disease and overall oral health problems. Avoid the use of tobacco of any form to protect your gums from disease.
How We Can Help
When you visit our dental office, we will check on the health of your gums as a part of your normal check-up process. From here we can determine what cleaning you need and if further work needs to occur to fight gum disease. In some cases, we recommend scaling and root planing to remove built-up tartar.
Scheduling An Appointment With Our Team
If you are worried about symptoms that might be due to gingivitis or you would simply like to have a dentist help you guard against gum disease, we encourage you to reach out today. We can schedule an appointment with you to ensure the health of your gums is protected.
When it comes to taking care of your teeth, every part of your mouth is involved. Talk to our team today about how you can protect your teeth through proper oral health. Schedule an appointment here.