Why Is Gum Health Important?

Do you have gums that bleed when brushing?

Bleeding gums or gums that are red, swollen, or sensitive can indicate developing gum disease. A progressive oral health problem, gum disease is often highly treatable when caught early. Left untreated, gingivitis can become periodontitis and impact both the gums and the teeth. Keeping your gums healthy is a key component of our preventive dental care. Dr. Sesi emphasizes the importance of gum health for good oral health and also for overall physical health and wellness.

Why Is Gum Health Important?

What many patients do not realize is that healthy gums support healthy and stable teeth! If bacteria begin to affect the gums, over time large pockets can be created between the gums and the tooth roots. This will lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth, and possible tooth loss. The gums also play an important role in your overall health. They serve as a line of defense between the harmful bacteria often present in the body and your bloodstream, which can carry this bacteria around the body.

Studies have shown the consistent “mouth-body” connection and an increased risk for inflammatory-related disease when gum disease is present. Existing gum disease can also make it difficult to manage certain health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Sesi will work with you on an individual basis to keep your gums stable and healthy with appropriate periodontal treatments. If you have other health concerns or chronic gum disease, we can provide at-home care recommendations to avoid disease progression. There are certain medications that can affect your oral health and set the stage for gum disease by causing “dry mouth”. it is important to discuss other medical concerns during your routine dental care visits so that we can provide the most personalized hygiene and advice possible. We want to help you avoid dental problems like gum disease and to enjoy a smile that is healthy.