The Basics of Gum Health and Wellness

Ardmore, PA area patients who are interested in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits of proper oral health habits. Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall can explain the basics of gum health and wellness with new or existing patients in her practice.

Why is gum health so important?

The gums are the soft tissues of the mouth that surround the teeth. They should be pink and free from swelling, redness, or bleeding. If they are not in good health, this may be an indication of a bigger problem such as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is a condition that can occur in the mouth. It starts in the gum tissues as an infection and then can spread not only through the mouth, but into the bloodstream and to the rest of the body. This can contribute to medical conditions such as heart disease or an increased risk of stroke. If left untreated, it can be extremely problematic and can contribute to the loss of soft tissues, bone, and teeth.

How to maintain gum health and wellness

To maintain the health of the soft tissues in the mouth and keep the smile free from periodontal disease, patients should take the following steps:

  • Brush after every meal. Brushing helps in removing acids and sugars that can be left on natural tooth enamel and can cause areas of decay that can impact overall health. Addiotnally, these holes in the tooth can be extremely deep and can become a serious problem.
  • Floss at least once a day. By flossing, patients can remove food particles between the teeth that can become problematic in the smile.
  • Regular dental visits. Visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination. This allows for any problems to be caught early enough for successful intervention.

Learn more about dental health and wellness, including good oral health habits

Keeping the smile healthy is incredibly important for overall health and wellness. Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall of Ardmore, PA encourages patients to take charge of their smile and visit their dentist regularly. Call (610) 649-0696 today to schedule an appointment, and speak with our team about your needs. We can help you achieve and maintain a smile that is free from decay and disease!

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