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Having a beautiful smile begins with healthy teeth…and gums! While your pearly whites are the first things most people notice, the gums can either be pink, firm and supportive to your teeth, or they can be inflamed, swollen and bright red with dental disease.

Periodonitis, or gum disease, happens when bacteria builds up into plaque and calculus and stays on the teeth to infect the gums. You can treat the early stages of gingivitis by stepping up your daily oral hygiene game. This will prevent the build-up of plaque from forming into tartar. Once tartar forms, you will need to have it removed by your dentist at your next dental deep cleaning.

Tartar that is not removed from your gums will cause the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. Pockets form in the gum tissue allowing bacteria to infect the tissue more easily. Eventually this results in deteriorated bone material which supports your teeth. In the end you could lose the tooth or teeth in the affected area.

To prevent gum disease, be especially meticulous in your daily oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss all surface areas of the teeth and gums, including the gum line, and between the teeth and gums. You want to loosen all the tiny food particles stuck in these areas and break down the sticky bacterial film that causes tooth decay and gum loss. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can also kill any surface bacteria remaining.

Gum disease has been linked to several medical conditions and which can make them worse thanks to a suppressed immune system. These can include:

–diabetes
–heart attack
–stroke
–respiratory disease
–digestive disorders
–osteoporosis
–low preterm birth rates in pregnant mothers

To take care of your body, don’t just eat right, exercise and get enough restorative sleep. Stay on top of your oral hygiene routine and enjoy a healthy beautiful smile as well!

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about your smile at 918-272-0707.