Oftentimes, when considering dental hygiene, people care most about the appearance of their teeth. While keeping your smile sparkly white is an important aspect of dental health, a healthy smile is quite literally rooted in a healthy set of gums. When people are told of their gums’ importance, some of the most common questions they have are:
Why are healthy gums important?
First of all, you should know that periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Additionally, periodontal disease has recently been linked to an increased risk of degenerative disease. Simply put, when you disrupt the healthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you decrease your chances of fighting off dangerous invading pathogens. This is why people who have periodontal disease are at a higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, pregnancy complications, and dementia. However, the fact you can significantly decrease your chances of getting dementia by simply taking better care of your gums is amazing and should be a sigh of relief to many. To learn more about how to take better care of your gums, please read on.
How do I keep my gums healthy?
- Eat a balanced, well-rounded diet, and avoid sugary or processed foods as much as possible. Healthier gums can be attained through a diet consisting of vegetables, legumes, fruits, fatty fish, and nuts. Each of these foods will help you suppress inflammation and provide you with the essential nutrients both you and your gums need to thrive.
- Brush your teeth and floss regularly. You must brush your teeth at least twice a day, or even after every meal if you wish. You should always ensure you brush and floss before bed. You must clear out all trapped food to have the healthiest set of gums possible.
- Refrain from smoking. You do not need us to tell you that smoking is a bad habit, and you also do not need us to tell you that you should quit. However, just consider the fact that those who smoke are up to 6 times more likely to suffer from periodontal disease than non-smokers. This is no small number. Do yourself a favor and just consider the impact smoking has on your dental and overall health.
- Schedule regular dental cleanings and address serious issues as soon as possible. Do not neglect your teeth. There’s lots of information readily available confirming the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings.
Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!