Healthy Gums for the New Year

When most people think of New Year’s resolutions, they think of quitting bad habits like smoking, or starting new ones, like going to the gym. Although a lot of people vow to get healthier, few would think to consider resolutions for healthier gums next year. But getting a periodontal evaluation and taking steps to improve your gum health may not only improve your dental health, but your general health as well.

Why Gums Matter

When you think of a healthy mouth, you probably think of straight, white, healthy teeth. But those teeth are surrounded and supported by your gums, so if your gums aren’t healthy, neither are your teeth. Your gums must fit snugly around your teeth to protect them, and as gum disease occurs, that protection is threatened. Gum disease allows bacteria to build up, which results in inflammation. When gum disease advances further, that bacteria can destroy the bones around the teeth. The initial signs of gum disease are:

  • Bleeding gums whenever you brush or floss
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Sore gums

Do My Gums Affect The Rest Of My Body?

There has been an increasing number of studies published regarding the strong links between gum disease and other health conditions. While the exact links between gum health and these diseases aren’t determined yet, there have been a sufficient number of clinical studies to show that healthy gums are important. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other diseases in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and even cancer.*

So this year, make some resolutions for the health of your WHOLE body, starting with your gums!

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR GUMS:

  • Brush Your Teeth For Two Minutes A Day, Twice A Day.
    Surprisingly enough, a lot of people don’t do this. Four minutes a day can make a huge difference in your health.
  • Don’t Forget To Brush Your Tongue.
    A majority of the bacteria in your mouth lives on your tongue. Yuck. Brush it off.
  • Wait Thirty Minutes To Brush After Acidic Beverages And Foods.
    Acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus drinks or coffee, can soften your dental enamel temporarily, so wait half an hour before brushing.
  • Use A Soft-Bristled Toothbrush.
    Hard bristles wear down the enamel, and can damage the gums. Switch to a soft brush, and take the time to brush longer and more carefully to get the job done right.
  • Floss Daily. In case you missed that – FLOSS DAILY.
    Don’t let some fluff magazine piece give you periodontal advice. We’re the experts, and we know what is good for your gums. 
  • Drink Water All Day.
    Sipping water all through the day is not only healthy for your body, it’s also good for your teeth and gums. Sipping regularly rinses away bacteria, plus increases saliva production, which defends against bacteria buildup.
*https://www.perio.org/consumer/other-diseases