September is National Gum Care Month and Aspen Dental’s doctors are taking the opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of keeping your gums healthy to prevent periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease often starts with gingivitis, which is a very common gum disease with symptoms that include bleeding of the gums, inflamed gums, and an excess buildup of plaque and tartar. It’s critically important to treat gingivitis while it’s still reversible. Once it progresses into more advanced periodontal disease, it is no longer reversible and can lead to bone loss and tooth loss.
In addition to your appearance, many people are surprised to find out how much the health of your gums also impacts your overall health.
“Think of your mouth as the gateway to your body,” says Dr. Ashley Boling, DDS, Practice Owner at Aspen Dental. “Any disease and infection in your mouth can travel to your heart and can also increase your chances of high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia, and many other conditions.”
According to Dr. Boling, the best ways to prevent gum disease include:
- See your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and routine cleanings.
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, preferably with an electric toothbrush.
- Floss at least once a day.
Most importantly, don’t delay care! Schedule your appointment now.