Indeed, the Importance of Gum Care Could Not Be Overstated!
Adam Hurly of GQ talks with his dentist, Jeffrey Rappaport, DDS, about healthy gums and how one’s smile can benefit from them. The dentist highlights the importance of gum care to achieve perfect oral health.
“The real way to have healthy teeth is to ensure you have healthy gums. It’s where the teeth are lodged, after all. Unhealthy gums can lead to tooth loss.”
Here are some valuable insights from Dr. Rappaport with regards the importance of gum care:
1. Our gums are the foundation to healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.
“When gum tissue becomes infected with bacteria from dental plaque and tartar, bone loss and tooth loss occur. This advanced gingivitis is called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also puts patients at a higher risk for other medical conditions such as heart disease, dementia, and diabetes. And in [pregnant] women, it can also lead to premature birth.”
2. Be mindful of these signs of unhealthy gums:
“Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Inflamed and bleeding gums are early symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis. Healthy gums are firm and pink.”
3. Avoid these bad habits that endanger gum health:
“Smoking and tobacco use are the big offenders. These patients are at a higher risk for gum disease.
Also, poor nutrition and stress will compromise gums. These habits are putting you at a higher risk for gum disease. Plaque (that sticky stuff on your teeth) begins to form soon after brushing, and if it isn’t removed, it begins to calcify and spread below the gum line. The bacteria from plaque and tartar causes the gums to swell and bleed as our immune systems kick in to try and fight it.
Also, don’t skip flossing because it ‘wakes you up’ before bed, or only brush for a few seconds when you’re rushing out the door. And ignore the anti-flossing rumors.”
4. These are the best ways to maintain healthy gums:
“Good oral hygiene is your first and best defense against gum disease. Brushing twice a day, routine flossing, and adding a rinse helps keep plaque and bacteria from sticking around. Flossing below the gum line is important to remove food debris and plaque where our toothbrushes can’t reach.
Make sure you are keeping up with regular visits to your hygienist and dentist, too. Most people should go every six months. Patients with crowded teeth or hard-to-reach areas, active orthodontic patients, smokers, and tobacco users are at higher risk for gum disease and may need to have their teeth cleaned every three months.”
So take note of the importance of gum care if you want to own perfect teeth and achieve that celebrity smile.