Periodontal Care

Healthy Gums Help Your Overall Health

Many people are not aware that the health of their gums has a major impact on the overall health of their body. The periodontium is made up of the gums, the ligaments, and the bone structure surrounding the teeth. Regarding oral health, diseased gums may result in gum inflammation, loss of teeth, and even loss of bone structure. When this area is kept clean and healthy, the whole body benefits. Infections, disease, or decay in the gum area can ultimately spread throughout the entire body and cause other health problems.

Signs Of Unhealthy Gums

The symptoms of unhealthy gums include red gums, gums that bleed easily, continual and persistent bad breath, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, loose teeth, and teeth alignment that has changed for no apparent reason. On the positive side, it is usually possible to restore gums to a healthy condition if they are diagnosed and properly treated.

Causes Of Unhealthy Gums

Poor oral hygiene is usually a strong suspect when gum disease is diagnosed. However, there are other factors that may cause gum issues even if you practice consistent oral hygiene. These possible factors include increased stress levels, the beginning stages of puberty, a pregnancy, certain specific medications, and specific nutritional deficiencies.

If you see any possible symptoms of gum disease, you should consult with your dentist regarding their possible cause and treatment.