Gum Care and Why It Should Matter to You

Healthy gums are crucial to maintaining proper dental hygiene. In fact, they are the foundation for an attractive smile and proper hygiene. When oral health is neglected, the gums are susceptible to complications. Unfortunately, only one out of five Americans brush their teeth at least twice a day. With gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis disease wreaking havoc on vital tissue, it’s crucial for people of all ages to reconsider their dental hygiene. Read below to find out why gum health is so important. 


Lessens Bad Breath


More formally known as halitosis, bad breath is caused by bacteria that produces foul odors. Excess bacteria can accumulate in dental plaque along the gum line, on the tongue, and in between teeth without proper oral hygiene. Generally speaking, the more bacteria, the worse the odor.


Preserves Bone Mass


Periodontitis causes degeneration of the bones around the teeth. As a result, teeth become loose and may fall out. If periodontitis does not cause your teeth to fall out, they may need to be extracted in the future to prevent further damage. While maintaining gum health is necessary to avoid bone degeneration, managing and monitoring your gums with regular dental cleanings and at-home care is the next best solution if you are already experiencing periodontitis.


Makes Your Teeth Aesthetically Pleasing


Healthy gums are light pink and have a tight outline around the teeth, making them cosmetically appealing. On the other hand, gums affected by gum disease have a far less appealing appearance. Infected gums might be swollen or even bleed. In addition, gum recession might cause your teeth to appear larger than they are or seem irregularly shaped. By maintaining proper dental hygiene, you can keep your gums healthy and aesthetically pleasing.


Gum Recontouring


If you have a gum line that is recessed or causing discomfort, a technique called gum recontouring can improve it. Gum recontouring is a dental specialist-performed operation that reshapes your gum line by reducing extra gum tissue surrounding your teeth. It could also be used to repair gum tissue. Gum recontouring is usually done for aesthetic reasons. However, there are situations (such as gum recession) when there is a medical need for it.


In sum, dental health care and maintenance should not be restricted to the teeth alone. The gums are equally as important and require regular care and attention. Contact us today for more information on gum recontouring and overall dental health.

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