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Did you know that disease can lead to fairly serious problems, or why you should keep your gums safe?

As you probably know, your gums are important. Beneath your gums is bone that supports your teeth and keep them in place. Your gums, which are actually just a soft layer of skin, protect this supporting bone and keeps bacteria and plaque from reaching them.

Sadly, plaque—which forms in your mouth every day—can ultimately lead to gum disease. This is mostly because plaque releases toxins that are harmful to your gums. In fact, it is these toxins that can ultimately lead to gum disease. If this happens, your teeth will lose some of their support and the bone that is protected by your gums will become vulnerable.

Unfortunately, according to the ADHA nearly three-quarters of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease—and many don’t realize it. In fact, gum disease can be nearly impossible to identify, but can lead to several complications, especially if the disease is not treated early.  Some of the problems gum disease can lead to include the loss of teeth, damage to supporting bone structure, and even cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and some chronic conditions.

To avoid these complications, we recommend visiting your dentist if you notice any of the common signs of gum disease, including: gums that bleed when you brush them, loose teeth, persistent bad breath, and red or tender gums. We also recommend practicing good oral hygiene—including visiting your dentist every six months—to protect yourself from gum disease.

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us. We’re eager to hear from you.