The Importance of Gum Health

As we try to improve our health through diet and exercise, you should also know that oral health is just as important. Many times gum disease is not detected until it has already negatively effected you total health. Bacteria from the gum diseases gingivitis and periodontal can enter the blood stream and travel throughout the body. This bacteria has shown to lead to serious health issues such as increased risk for cardiovascular disease, aggravation of diabetes, respiratory diseases, stroke, and problems with pregnancy.

Gum disease is caused by bacterial plaque which irritates the gum and becomes toxic. Some signs of gum disease can be bad breath or bad taste in your mouth, pain in chewing, sensitive teeth, loose teeth, gum tissue that is red, swollen or bleeds easily, or pus between teeth. If it is not detected until advanced stages, it can lead to loss of your teeth along with the health issues.

Some factors that make someone more susceptible are poor oral hygiene, poor nutrition, smoking, aging, genetic predisposition, hormone imbalance, medications, stress, viral and fungal infections, systemic disease, disease that lowers immunity and pregnancy. In the early stages there is little or no pain.

Maintaining good gum health is very easy. First, brush at least two times a day, making sure you include the gums with gentle brushing. The sonic brushes may be a little costly, but have been proven to remove plaque better than an ordinary tooth brush. Floss one time a day. And, you should see a dentist two times a year for professional cleaning and to detect any problem areas you may not see.