The Role Healthy Gums Play In Your Mouth

Healthy Gums

Our teeth often garner the most attention, but the gums play a vital role as well. To help you understand why you should spend more time caring for your gums, our dentists at Castle Rock Dental have provided some insights.

Why Your Gums Are Important

Your gums are the foundation of your teeth. When the gums are healthy, they protect the root of your teeth from bacterial incursions and keep your teeth firmly in place.

When gums are unhealthy, not only does that endanger your teeth and can potentially cause you to lose them, but there are other health risks associated with unhealthy gums. Some identified dangers are:

  • Increased severity of diabetes
  • Higher risk of chronic respiratory disease
  • Can lead to pregnancy complications
  • Greater risk of developing dementia
  • Leads to jawbone density loss
  • Increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Signs Of Unhealthy Gums

While those risks can be intimidating, there are signs of unhealthy gums that you can watch out for so you can protect yourself against unhealthy gums.

  • Discoloration – Healthy gums should be bright pink. Pale gums, or ones with red sore spots, can be a sign that your gums are unhealthy.
  • Bleeding – When you brush your teeth or eat, if your gums are healthy, they should not bleed unless you are brushing them too hard. If you often find your gums bleed, it is a sign you need to work with our dentists on treating periodontal disease.
  • Tenderness – Like bleeding gums, your gums should not feel tender on a regular basis. Even if the tenderness in your gums isn’t gum disease, it can be a sign of a cavity.
  • Swollen – If your gums are swollen all over, it is likely that your gums have developed gingivitis, if not the more advanced stage of periodontal disease. However, if your gums are swollen in only one area, you may have developed a tooth infection and potentially an abscess.
  • Loose teeth – Often, by the time your teeth are loose, your periodontal disease is advanced, and you may require dental replacement options.

Ways You Can Protect Your Gums

There are multiple things you can do starting today to better protect your health and integrity of your gums.

  • Brush with a soft toothbrush
  • Floss every night when you are done eating for the day
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat a varied and nutritious diet

Lastly, to ensure your gums stay healthy, it is important to come in for your bi-annual dental cleaning. Our staff will assist you by taking X-rays, cleaning, and checking for any issues during your cleaning. Contact us to set up your appointment today!

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