We tend to overlook our gums – they just don’t have the impact that our teeth do on our smiles. Since they’re largely hidden behind our lips, we forget that without those gums we’d be pretty much lost. The periodontal tissues not only support our teeth, but are also a gateway to the rest of our bodies. It’s for this reason that many experts are concerned about the potential ink between gum disease and some systemic health problems.
Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and other concerns may have connections to gum disease. While research is still ongoing, and study sample sizes have been too small to be conclusive, this suggests that your gum health should be a top priority. Not sure where to begin? Read on for a few simple tips on improving your daily disease prevention.
Daily Steps Toward Periodontal Health
If your gums are looking and feeling healthy, you can embrace the habits below to keep them that way:
- Don’t skip flossing – Flossing strengthens your gums and removes plaque from the area. If you’re prone to gingivitis, flossing is the best way to keep your gums healthy. You can use a water flosser or flossing tool if you find flossing uncomfortable or difficult – ask us for product recommendations!
- Check for signs of grinding – Bruxism causes gum recession and puffiness, as well as enamel erosion. Wear a night guard to protect your teeth.
- Brush carefully – If you brush your teeth too vigorously, this can irritate your gums and cause them to swell, opening the door to gingivitis. Check up on your brushing technique, and clean your teeth thoroughly but gently.
- Schedule regular exams – Stop by the office every 6 months to give Dr. Ricciardi an opportunity to spot signs of periodontal problems.