Periodontal Health: Not Just Good for Your Mouth

Posted in Blog, Gingivitis, Gum Disease, Periodontist

Your smile is more than what people see when they look at you. Your smile helps drive your confidence, and the makeup of that smile (your mouth) contributes to you being healthy and being able to show that smile to the world. For this reason, it is vital that you maintain good periodontal health.

The Importance of Periodontal Health

Periodontal health refers to the health of your gums and in such the health of your teeth and mouth. It is essential to understand the effects poor oral health can have on your teeth and gums. While many factors can lead to periodontal troubles, like smoking, hormonal changes, certain medications, and some illnesses, the most common contributor to periodontal disease (gum disease) is poor oral hygiene. These risk factors can be significantly reduced though, with proper care, a good oral hygiene routine, and regular visits to your local dentist.

You may be asking what periodontal disease (gum disease) is and how it occurs. Periodontal disease is an infection in your gums. It starts out as a mild inflammation commonly known as gingivitis. Left untreated this will continue to inflame the gums and can cause an infection in the gums and bones in your mouth. This infection can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and in some cases can cause bone deterioration, which will affect your teeth in adverse ways.

How to Properly Take Care of Your Gums

The good news is that there are steps you can take to avoid periodontal disease and its adverse effects. Maintaining a dental routine that includes regular brushing and flossing is an excellent place to start. This daily routine will help to prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria that can begin the gingivitis process. Another key factor in maintaining periodontal health is routine checkups and cleanings by your dentist. During these checkups, your local dentist will be able to catch the first signs of periodontal problems and help you to combat the issues before they progress.

Get a Checkup Today!

Dr. Jardine is highly trained in periodontal health and can help you to plan and maintain good oral hygiene at home between visits. Set up an appointment for a checkup today and let him and his friendly staff help you on the path of good periodontal health now and in the future. Let Dr. Jardine keep you and your smile healthy.

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