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Healthy Gums Also Are Needed for a Healthy Smile

Healthy Gums Also Are Needed for a Healthy Smile

Don’t ignore your gums. They are an integral part of your oral health.

Sure it’s important to have white, radiant teeth that are free of decay but remember that throughout your oral care routine you should alsogum disease include your gums. Healthy gums are just as important as having healthy teeth, and if you want to get a great report the next time you visit your Woodbridge, VA dentist Dr. Charles L. Sours then you’ll want to find out how to maintain healthy gums.

Bacteria is the Bad Guy

Unhealthy gums are often due to a bacterial buildup that causes gum disease or gingivitis (the early reversible stage of gum disease). Bacterial buildup (also known as plaque) can lead to gum inflammation and tenderness. When plaque isn’t removed through regular brushing and flossing it hardens on teeth and turns to tartar, which your at-home toothbrush isn’t tough enough to remove (only your Woodbridge dentist will be able to remove tartar buildup during your six-month cleanings).

Of course, there are other issues that play a role in whether or not you develop gum disease including:

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Smoking
  • Medications
  • Poor nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Teeth grinding

Why Gum Disease is Serious

While we can all agree that healthy gums mean a healthy smile, having unhealthy gums may also indicate a more serious health issue. In fact, research has found a link between gum disease and health problems like heart disease, stroke, respiratory disorders, and diabetes, to name a few. So in many ways, the state of your gums could be warning you of more serious systemic health problems.

Warning Signs to Look for

There are several ways to determine whether your gums are healthy enough or whether it’s time to come into our office for a consultation. Common symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Gums that are receding
  • Loose permanent teeth
  • Changes to your bite
  • Bad breath (halitosis)

As you may have just realized, healthy gums are an important part of your general health, too. If you are experiencing redness, swelling or other issues with your gums it’s time you came into our Woodbridge, VA dental office for care. Keep your gums looking their best and you’ll have a healthy smile for life.