As you spit into the sink after brushing your teeth, you see red mixed with the toothpaste. You could easily disregard this symptom, but did you know that it likely means that you have a potentially serious chronic infection in your gums? Although this soft tissue needs attention more than this month alone, September, which is National Gum Care Month, is a great time to learn how you can keep your gums, and therefore your smile and body, strong and healthy for the long term. Keep reading this post about gum disease treatment in Melbourne.
Why is gum health so important?
A healthy smile involves more than just white, cavity-free teeth. Without healthy gum tissue, your teeth wouldn’t have the stability needed to chew your food or pronounce sounds clearly. These essential functions, especially eating, help you survive and enjoy a high quality of life. Basically, you can consider gums the foundation of a healthy smile. That’s why taking care of your gums is just as important as maintaining for your teeth.
What do healthy gums look like?
Gums that are free from infection are pink and firm. If, however, you notice that they appear red and swollen and they bleed easily, these point to the early stage of gum disease: gingivitis. Left untreated, gum disease causes the gums to recede and eventually spreads to the jaw bone, making teeth loose or unstable. Without intervention, you could face tooth loss. Make sure that you catch gum disease as soon as possible.
How can gum disease affect my health?
In addition to impacting your smile and your ability to bite and chew food, gum disease can influence your overall well-being. In fact, studies have shown that those with gum disease are much more likely to get serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s. In many cases, the bacteria that create inflammation in the gum tissue travels through the bloodstream elsewhere, causing or exacerbating problems in other parts of the body. Although your gums seem like a small area to worry about, it deserves your attention in order to protect your overall health.
What can I do to keep my gums healthy?
Unfortunately, the bacteria that cause gum disease already live in your mouth and are difficult to eradicate completely. However, you can limit their impact by implementing simply habits into your lifestyle. Every day, you need to brush and floss your teeth, sweeping plaque and bacteria away from your teeth and gums. Because you will miss some areas every once in a while, you should also visit your dentist in Melbourne at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning to prevent plaque buildup from getting out of control. If you already have a more advanced form of the infection, your dentist can provide gum disease treatment and eliminate these bacteria.
If it has been a while since you last saw the dentist, take the time to make sure that your gums are as healthy as possible. If you are experiencing bleeding gums in Melbourne, then seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid the negative effects gum disease can bring.
About the Author
Dr. James Trantham has been practicing for over a decade. In addition to being a member of the American Dental Association, he belongs to the Florida Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the International Association of Physiologic Aesthetics. He has also earned Fellowship with the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Post Graduate Dental Studies. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Trantham, you can call or click here.