When it comes to oral health, it is important to be aware that your gums are just as important as your teeth.
If you look a bit further than just your teeth, you will notice that your gums play a vital role in keeping them in place, they also protect the bone below and create a protective barrier against bacteria.
Think of your gums as the guardians of your teeth!
Gum disease can affect anyone, even children, and will happen when plaque starts to build up on and in between the teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that can cause irritation and inflammation of the gums and if untreated can cause them to recede away from the teeth. This will leave your teeth unprotected and exposed to bacteria. Advanced gum disease (dental professionals call it periodontitis) is when the inflammations becomes so bad that is starts to damage the bones holding your teeth in place. At this stage, teeth can become loose and will either fall out or require extraction by a dentist.
With this in mind, it is vital that you look after your gums as well as your teeth. After all, those guardians need someone to look out for them, too! The last thing anyone wants is to lose a tooth. Tooth loss not only affects the way you look, but also causes self confidence issues. It can also cause problems with speech and eating. Losing a tooth is costly too: treatment to repair the problem – such as dental implants – isn’t cheap, it takes time and a surgical procedure, and it isn’t suitable for every patient. There is no quick-fix solution for losing a tooth.
When you brush your teeth make sure you also spend time gently brushing your gums, too. This will help to ensure you are cleaning bacteria from all areas and preventing plaque build up. Daily flossing is also important because brushing doesn’t cover every area of the teeth: you also need to clean in between them, too.
If you would like to discuss preventing gum disease or get some personalized oral hygiene advice on how to clean and care for your teeth and gums, call us on 0151 353 8943 to book a routine appointment with a friendly dental hygienist at Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral. Maintaining a healthy smile, including healthy gums, is an important part of a healthy lifestyle!