Advanced Gum Care
Healthy Gums = A Healthy Body!
It has been proven that there are direct links between oral health and heart disease, diabetes, and pre-term/low birth-weight babies. These are just a few of the overall health issues that can be affected by the bacteria in the mouth, particularly by the bacteria types that cause gum (Periodontal) disease. With this in mind, you can see why we believe that it is imperative to achieve Optimal Oral health and prevent or eliminate Periodontal Disease.
Maintaining Healthy Gums
The most important step you can take to maintain healthy gum and teeth is to commit to an effective home-care routine and to have regular professional continuing care with your dental hygienist. If you already have gum disease – or periodontal disease as it is referred to in dentistry – these steps becoming even more important!
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day (preferably before bed)
- Do not smoke
- Understand the side effects of medicines you take
- Become educated on the relationships between heart disease and diabetes and gum disease
- Mothers-to-be should become aware of the relationship between gum disease and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies
- Check your gums and teeth on a regular basis for signs of gum disease. Bleeding gums are never “normal”!
What to Look For
- Red colouration of the gums – they should be mostly pink, sometimes pigmented
- Swollen gums – they should be tight to the teeth, never puffy
- Painful or tingly gums
- Blood on your toothbrush or floss – bleeding is a sign of inflammation associated with (periodontal) disease
- Persistent bad breath or a chronically bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Teeth that have changed position during a short time frame
- Teeth that appear longer than they once did – this is a sign of gum recession and/or bone loss