When it comes to the health of your smile, you may look in the mirror and first notice your teeth. If your teeth are relatively white, then you may assume that your smile is fine. Yet, it is important to look beyond your teeth. The health of your gums is not only an indicator of the health of your smile, but your gums are a direct gauge of your body’s overall health.
The gum tissues inside the mouth are living tissues that need proper care. The gums surround the living features of the teeth: the tooth roots, the blood supply to the tooth roots, and they provide stability to the jawbone. If the gums are inflamed, infected, or unhealthy in any way, it is vital that you take the necessary steps to promote optimal gum health.
Many medical studies have proven a direct link between gum disease (also known as gingivitis) and severe health problems. Diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, miscarriage, and premature labor have all been attributed to unhealthy gums in many cases. Because the gum tissues are living features, they can easily transfer infection from the mouth to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. Keeping your gums healthy is vital for your overall health. It is not hard to do by following these steps:
- Floss Daily – Flossing is the most under-utilized aspect of oral health. Yet, flossing is the only way to scrape damaging dental plaque away from the gum lines and from in between the teeth.
- Brush at Least Twice a Day – Brushing helps remove the plaque from the teeth that was loosened by flossing. Brushing stimulates the gums and also cleans the surfaces of the teeth.
- Use an Antibacterial Mouthwash – While mouthwash is no substitution for brushing and flossing, it can provide protection against oral bacteria damage to the gum tissues.
- Visit the Dentist Regularly – Dental visits are a crucial part of your oral health. Professional cleanings allow your teeth to be thoroughly cleaned to remove any dental plaque that lingers inside your mouth. A professional cleaning is the only way to remove hardened tartar from the teeth to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
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