Why are healthy gums so important?

Importance of Healthy Gums

Why are healthy gums so important?
Without your gums to hold you teeth in place, your smile would literally fall to pieces! Healthy gums are the first step to complete oral health. Taking care of periodontal problems is how we begin dental treatment with our new patients.
All though filling cavities are very important, more people lose teeth due to periodontal disease. We want your restorations to last, so we make sure to keep your gums healthy.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
There are often no symptoms. Gums can recede, leaving teeth vulnerable to decay, abscesses and lose all without any bleeding or tenderness. But many other people have at least minor symptoms, which can include the following.
Bleeding when brushing or flossing
Puffiness or tenderness of the gums
Halitosis (bad breath)
Loose-feeling teeth

What can I do at home to help?
Good oral hygiene is important. You should brush at least two to three times a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Daily flossing, fluoride rinses and oral irrigator are also important. These preventative measures in combination with your in-office treatment should have your mouth restored to perfect health in no time.

Useful Link:

http://www.healthyteeth.org/

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