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People often spend a lot of time trying to maintain healthy teeth but they forget that it is equally important to look after the well being of their gums. Periodontal infections can create multiple dental problems such as severe gum disease and decay that could harm your teeth and even result in tooth loss. This is why you must look after your gums just as well as you look after your teeth with thorough periodontal care. If you don't know how to maintain healthy gums or would like some additional information, visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental.
Better Overall Dental Health
When your gums are healthy there are fewer chances that you will suffer from dental issues. Gum problems usually result in major dental problems like periodontal diseases and gingivitis. These problems often result in the loosening of your teeth and irreversible tooth damage. And while some people believe that gums are not as prone to infection as teeth, that is far from the truth. The only reason many people are not familiar with periodontal disease is that these diseases do not show up as prominently as an issue with their teeth. By the time it does start to show signs of infection, the condition is often already fairly advanced.
Your teeth depend on your gums to stay strong because the root of your tooth is embedded inside the gums. When your gums start to give way and suffer from problems, their poor health affects your roots, potentially resulting in a domino effect of dental issues that could take a long time to resolve. Periodontal care focuses on the condition of your gums with the intent to keep them healthy and strong.
Periodontal Care Basics
The best thing you can do to keep your gums healthy is to see a dentist regularly. Dental professionals can examine your mouth and your gums and look for any signs of potential issues. They are much more likely to spot problem areas than you would be - even if you believe you keep a close eye on your teeth and gums, it’s important to visit the professionals. Routine examinations consist of a physical examination and standard cleaning. If signs of an infection in your gums are noted, the dentist will discuss treatment options with you.
Maintain Stronger Teeth
If you want your teeth to stay strong, looking after your gums is vital. After all, your gums and teeth support one another and even small problems in your gums can quickly balloon into serious issues when left unchecked. Some people also suffer from bad breath and infections in their mouths without realizing it because they focus too much on maintaining healthy teeth without giving their gum health a second thought. Regular periodontal care is important for your overall oral health.
If you want to learn more about how you can look after your gums and what steps you should take to keep them healthy and strong, please give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental.