Oftentimes when people think of oral health and hygiene, they overlook their gums and think only of their teeth. Gums serve a very important purpose in the mouth. They are an important protective barrier that protects your teeth and their support structures. Healthy teeth depend on healthy gums to be strong and thrive.
Most gum problems are caused by bacteria contained in dental plaque that create an inflammatory reaction in gum tissue. Gingivitis is the most common gum problem, and can be seen in over half of the adult U.S. population. Gum disease (periodontitis) affects over a quarter of the U.S. population, and is very concerning as it can lead to gum tissue and bone loss that cannot be reversed.
It is important to check your gums regularly and make sure they are pink and firm without any pain, swelling, or bleeding. Regular check ups with your dentist, a healthy diet, and good oral hygiene at home are usually enough to keep gum problems from becoming a serious threat to your oral health. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, or are due for a professional cleaning, contact Dana Walters DDS to schedule an appointment.