Did you know that it’s important to make sure your gums stay as healthy as your teeth with regular dental cleanings and proper at-home care? Your gums are the foundation of your teeth—they hold them in place, support the roots, and even protect the underlying bone.
Without proper gum care, you will develop gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, characterized by mild symptoms of red, swollen gums or gums that bleed every time you floss. Gingivitis is completely reversible with non-invasive treatments at home. However, if left untreated, gingivitis will eventually progress to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, and birth complications, so it’s important to keep up with your regular cleanings and checkups.
Serious gum disease used to require surgery more often than not. While surgery is sometimes still the best option, we can treat many cases with less-invasive techniques such as local antibiotics, deep cleanings, and medicated rinses.
Remember: when it comes to your teeth, you only floss the ones you want to keep!