When we think of oral health we usually think about our teeth, but your gums and tongue are also an essential part of it.
Gums are the protective tissue that holds together your teeth and covers their root and the bone of your jaw. Its mission is to keep bacteria away from them and keep your body healthy and vital.
Your mouth, just like your gut, has a special microbiome that protects your body from bacteria and disease and it all lives in your gums, tongue, and throat. When this microbiome is out of balance, it can lead to periodontal disease and other conditions that can affect your gums and teeth. Hence, the importance of taking care of it.
Common enemies of your gum
Your gum is a strong tissue, but it is sensitive to changes in its microbiome. Common things that affect that balance are dental plaque and tartar.
Common plaque not only covers your teeth but your gums too and it’s harder to see. When it turns more visible and hardens, it’s called tartar and this is what leads to inflammation and sensitivity, sounds familiar?
That inflammation is called gingivitis and is the first step towards even more grave conditions like periodontitis.
Signs of gum disease
Finding the signs of gingivitis or periodontitis is easy, when you’re brushing your teeth search for any of these signs:
– Tenderness or pain
– Easy bleeding
– Bad breath or taste
How can you fight gum disease?
The good news is that gum disease is common and easy to treat in its early stages. Some common and easy ways to prevent and deal with it are:
– Flossing regularly to remove plaque and food that’s stuck between your teeth.
– Brush your teeth two times a day, preferably with a gentle toothpaste like OG Smile.
– Avoid smoking and sugary foods.
– Get your dental cleaning regularly to take away the tartar that starts forming and reverse any other effects.
It’s that simple! Using the right products and watching out for signs of gum disease is the best way to take care of your precious gums and keep your teeth bright and healthy.
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