September is National Gum Care Month, a month in which you can take the time to learn a bit more about the importance of proper gum care. Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss, which is why it’s important to do everything you can to take care of your gums!
More than Just Gum Health
Your gums have a link to your overall health, which means that gum care isn’t just about having a proportional smile or avoiding bad breath. Gum disease can contribute to a wide variety of diseases and conditions that have lifelong impacts.
Along with the impact on your oral health, gum disease can also contribute to the risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke. The bacteria that cause gum disease can spread throughout the body and cause a number of negative issues.
Watch Out for the Signs of Poor Gum Health
Not sure whether you should be worried about your gums? There are a few signs you can keep an eye out for to know when it’s time to visit your dentist or reevaluate your gum care.
Bad breath is a common sign of gingivitis — the earliest stage of gum disease. At this point, improving your oral hygiene routine can make a considerable impact. You can also reach out to your dentist for more recommendations and options.
Do you find yourself waking up with a dry mouth? That could be causing poor gum health. Bacteria can grow more effectively when saliva levels are low, so regular bouts of dry mouth are a cause for concern.
Keep Up with Regular Dental Care
The steps you take at home are critical for gum care, but it’s also important to keep up with regular exams and teeth cleanings. Routine dental care can identify and prevent issues down the line. For all of your dental care needs, call David W. Piper, DMD, at (727) 548-7100 to book an appointment.
Dr. Piper is a General and Cosmetic Dentist who has proudly served Pinellas County since 1993. Both he and his team of professionals provide high quality, gentle dental care in a relaxed, personalized, and caring environment. Treating patients like family sets his practice apart from others.