You’ve got great teeth. You always have. They’re white, straight, and you’re great about brushing them. So why do you feel like your hygienist makes such a fuss over your gums during each checkup? Sure, they’re part of your mouth, but what do gum tissues have to do with your teeth?
A lot, actually.
Gum Tissues: A Foundation for Healthy Teeth
When you think about it, your gums are actually the foundation that helps hold your teeth in place for life. They’re the buffer between your oral environment and the bone structures underneath.
If your gums become infected or diseased, they pull back and detach from your teeth. As a result, they also expose your underlying bone to disease. Once the bone shrinks away (resorbs), there’s no getting it back.
To keep your teeth healthy for life, you depend on having healthy gums.
Reverse Gum Swelling and Bleeding
The good news is that early stages of gum infections can be reversed through good oral hygiene. Mild to moderate gingivitis (swelling and redness) usually only takes 10-14 days of dedicated brushing and flossing to improve. But if there’s any tartar buildup under your gums and between teeth, you’ll need to schedule a checkup to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Once all of the buildup is gone, it’s easier to maintain good gum health between checkups.
Has it been six months or more since your last checkup? Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss? Then it’s time to call Prime Dental Care in Princeton. Our New Jersey dental team will help you get your gums — and smile — back on track!
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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Princeton, NJ, 08540