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Unhealthy Gums and Your Health

Do you have red gums?  Is the roof of your mouth swollen? You may follow your dentist’s orders to keep your gums and teeth healthy, but the condition of your mouth can show us other health problems that you may have.  Dental conditions like bad breath, pale gums and red gums can be a sign of gum disease.  But if you are experiencing other oral symptoms, this may be a sign of an unrelated health problem. 

 

If gums disease is something you struggle with, you are not alone.  One out of every two Americans (or 64.7 million) experience anywhere from mild to severe gum disease.  This condition can range from unhealthy gum swelling or a serious tissue and bone destruction.  With the worst case of gum disease, you can expect to lose teeth. 

A healthy mouth will have bacteria, mucus and other food particles.  These from a sticky substance called plaque, on the teeth.  Most of the time, plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing regularly.  But if the plaque is allowed to build up, it causes inflamed and bleeding gums. Foley AL Cosmetic Dentist

 

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease.  If you practice good oral health habits: brushing twice a day, flossing every day, going to your regular dental checkups, and not smoking, you can help prevent and even reverse gingivitis. 

When plaque is not removed, it turns to tartar.  This leads to more bleeding and a more serious form of gum disease, called periodontitis.  When this happens, the unhealthy gums will pull away from the teeth and form small pockets.  These pockets can become infected.  If left untreated, the bones, gums, and tissue that supports the teeth, are destroyed.  Foley AL Cosmetic Dentist

 

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