Keep Your Gums Healthy

Keep Your Gums Healthy

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Nov 15 2021, 06:29 AM

Keep your gums healthy so that you are at a lower risk of developing common chronic diseases. According to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, if your gums are healthy, you’re less likely to suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and dementia.  Though more research is needed to determine the exact link between gum disease and other chronic conditions, researchers believe that the inflammation bacteria causes may be a key factor.

Are My Gums Healthy?

Healthy gums are pink and firm, and don’t bleed.

Diseased gums may be red, swollen, tender or bleeding. 

Common symptoms are chronic bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, pain while chewing, sensitive or loose teeth, gums that don’t adhere to your teeth and a mismatched bite or ill-fitting dentures.

How To Keep Your Gums Healthy

When You Brush Your Teeth Don’t Ignore Your Gums

  • It’s not enough to just brush your teeth. Brush your teeth, your gums and your tongue.  This will help reduce plaque, bacteria and gum disease. 
  • When you floss, make sure you are doing it correctly so that all food between the teeth and around the gums is removed. Incorrect flossing can lead to infections in the jaw bone and gums.
  • Brush at least two times a day and for a minimum of two minutes every time.

Schedule Regular Visits to Have Your Teeth Cleaned

  • Dental Hygienist have the tools to remove tartar and recognize any problems or issues early on. If gum disease is detected in the beginning stages, it is much easier to treat.

Pay Attention to Your Diet

  • A recent study suggested that a diet high in the omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish may reduce your risk of gum disease.  Replace sugary snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water and say no to sodas!

Stop Smoking

  • Smoking weakens your body’s immune system. This makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal properly.

To learn more about keeping your gums healthy and other important dental practices to support your oral and over health contact the office of Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 293-7611.  They accomplish all of their procedures without discomfort, in a relaxing atmosphere.  They invite you and your family to visit their practice, and learn more about the ways your smile can benefit from a Holistic Dental Practice.

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