Healthy Gums Lead to a Healthy Body
Most people are not aware that the benefits of healthy gums go beyond a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth. Healthy gums are also an indicator of a healthy body. Doctors have identified a link between gum disease and several health concerns, including heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.
The bacteria found in plaque, a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth, cause gum disease. In its early stage, gum disease is called gingivitis – a reversible form that causes inflammation in the gums. If not treated, gingivitis can progress to a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis where plaque left on the teeth becomes mineralized and toxins from the plaque bacteria destroy the ligament and bone that anchor the teeth in the jaw. Left untreated, the bone, which supports teeth, will be destroyed, eventually leading to tooth loss.
Common symptoms of periodontal diseases include:
- Bleeding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away dentures from the teeth.
- Loose or separating teeth.
Brushing and flossing every day, eating a healthy balanced diet, not smoking and visiting your dental office for regular preventive care will go a long way towards preventing gum disease and maintaining your oral health. For information on how to maintain healthy gums or for a referral to see a dental specialist, please call 604-707-6453 to schedule an appointment.