As you probably know, there are several things you need to do if you’re interested in enjoying a healthy lifestyle. For example, exercising and following a healthy diet are important, but did you know that the health of your gums can affect your overall health? In fact, keeping your gums healthy is a vital part of protecting the health of your body. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to protect, or restore, the health of your gums.
Your gums are actually a protective layer that keeps bacteria away from the bones that support your teeth. Also, when healthy, your gums seal your teeth, which can prevent harmful bacteria from entering your bloodstream. Luckily, if you simply brush your teeth, floss every day, and visit our dentist once every six months, your gums should stay healthy.
Typically, unhealthy gums are caused by plaque. Plaque forms when food particles aren’t removed from your gums. If this plaque isn’t removed, it will release toxins that can irritate your gums and lead to a number of serious conditions.
If your gums are unhealthy, you may have to deal with a number of other issues. If you do have gum disease, you may cope with bad breath or the loss of teeth. Of course, there are a number of things you can do for your smile, even if you do have gum disease. In fact, a simple cleaning or an improved at-home oral hygiene regimen may be enough to reverse gum disease. However, if your gum disease is more severe, you may need more extensive treatments.
If you think you may be dealing with gum disease or unhealthy gums, please don’t hesitate to contact Sean T. Ky at 626-792-0448. Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Sean Ky may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. Together we will help you restore your oral health and confident smile!