When it comes to oral health, the first thing we tend to think about is having healthy teeth. In reality, we should put more focus on our gums.
Our teeth are what we see and usually what we can feel in regard to something being wrong, so we are told to brush and floss our teeth every day to keep things like cavities away.
And although our teeth do play a significant role in our oral health, the star player and the ones we should be paying very close attention too, health-wise, are our gums.
There are many reasons why it’s really important to have healthy gums, but here are five reasons to help you understand how and why healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth.
Healthy gums, healthy body
You may not have realized this, but your gum health can actually affect the health of your entire body.
Plaque, which is a filmy substance filled with bacteria, can build up in your mouth and then the bacteria can be spread into your blood stream. This has been linked to problems such as heart disease, arthritis, and other types of health problems and infections.
Keeps your teeth in the right place
Your teeth are only as strong as their support, so if you want teeth that are going to stay in place, having healthy gums is essential.
Gum disease can lead to things like tooth decay and even tooth loss, so by taking care of your gums through flossing in between your teeth and using a disinfectant mouthwash, you can keep your gums and teeth in the right place.
You don’t know that something’s wrong
One of the scariest things about gum disease is that you can have it without even realizing it. Oftentimes, in the beginning stages, it’s completely painless. According to the American Dental Hygienist Association, about 75% of Americans have gum disease and don’t even know it.
This is why it’s important that you take care of your mouth. This is also why it’s important to get your mouth checked out by your dentist at least once a year, more if you need it.
They are your teeth’s protection
Gums are the barriers that protect your teeth and jaw.
But in order for the barrier to be effective, it needs to be strong. The only way that gums stay strong is if they are properly cared for.
It’s easy to do
Make sure when you brush your gums you don’t do it too rigorously because they can wear over time. Use a toothbrush with soft but firm bristles and apply gentle pressure as your brush over them.
These small daily habits can lead to a big difference in the health of your mouth.