What Your Gums Say About Your Overall Wellness

Often times, we are so focused on our teeth that our gums don’t get the attention they deserve. The truth is, the health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth. Read on to learn why.

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Gum Health 101

You use your mouth all day every day, to eat, breathe, and talk. But if asked about the health of your gums, would you have an answer? Healthy gums are generally pink in color, depending on your skin tone, and they should look and feel firm. There are some signs that your gums need more care: if you bleed when flossing, if flossing is painful or uncomfortable, if your gums are discolored, or if it’s painful to eat, particularly hot or cold foods.

A Link to Overall Health

If your gums are healthy, you’re more likely to have better overall health. Studies show the people with healthy gums are at a lower risk for diabetes, heart disease, dementia, pregnancy complications, and other chronic conditions.

Maintaining Your Gum Health

Since you know now how important gum health is, you’re probably wondering what you can do to keep your own gums healthy. Hopefully, you’re already taking great care of your gums, but here’s a refresher. Daily brushing and flossing are the key to gum care. Make sure you’re brushing gently, or you run the risk of experiencing gum recession. A healthy diet is also important to your oral health, stick to whole foods, fruits, and veggies, and avoid foods packed with sugars and carbs. Last but not least, you have to keep up with your bi-annual visits to the dentist for a routine cleaning and exam. Here at Prairie Dental Group, we’re committed to helping you maintain your oral wellbeing. At your next visit, ask us about your gums. We’ll be able to assess your health and tell you what, if anything, you need to be doing differently.

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