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Why it’s so Important to keep Gums Healthy

Gums are the foundation and support for our teeth, so we need to keep our gums clean and healthy too.

Why are gums so important? What role do they play in the mouth? The gums or gingiva tissue seems to take a back seat to the teeth when it comes to our mouth. When you meet someone for the first time, it’s your teeth they may notice as you smile, not your gums. No one ever says “wow what nice gums you have.” However, even though your gums may not be admired by others they should be admired by you because of the important role they play. 

Not only do we forget about the appearance of our gums we sometimes forget about the health of our gums. When we brush we usually focus mainly on keeping our teeth clean and healthy. However, it’s important to focus on keeping our gums clean and healthy too. Why is this important? It’s important because gums are the foundation and support for our teeth. Just like a house built on a weak foundation can fall, so can teeth fall if supported by weak or unhealthy gums.

When it comes to your mouth’s health, it’s not all about your teeth. Even if you are cavity free and have the brightest smile, that doesn’t mean your gums are healthy too. Because problems with your gums doesn’t usually cause pain, you may have no idea that your gums are unhealthy or diseased. There are two early signs to watch for that will let you know if your gums may be unhealthy.  

These two early signs are redness and bleeding. Healthy gums should have a nice coral pink color and shouldn’t bleed when brushing or flossing. If you notice your gums bleed easily and are red and inflamed, this may be your heads up to get treatment. Treating unhealthy gums is a priority because it is extremely important to maintain healthy gums. 

When gums become infected it’s called periodontal disease. This is an advanced disease that requires treatment from professionals. When the gums get infected to this point it’s important to understand treatment is needed as soon as possible to avoid causing severe problems to your health and teeth. 

As mentioned above your teeth need healthy gums to support them. Gums work as a seal around teeth and work as a protection for the sensitive areas underneath. Erosion or recession of gums allows that underlying tooth structure to be exposed and become very sensitive. It also leaves teeth less supported and can cause teeth to become loose. Unhealthy gums not only affect your teeth’s stability they also affect the appearance of your smile. Gums that are diseased look red, inflamed, puffy, swollen and separate from teeth. This can make the straightest and brightest smile look less appealing.  

There are many reasons why it’s important to make sure to keep your gums healthy and disease free. Brushing and flossing daily is one way to ensure healthy gums. However, if you believe your gums may be unhealthy, Prescott Periodontics and Implant Dentistry is here to help. Our office treats periodontal disease with advanced treatments. Contact our office today for a consultation.