Most people give a lot of attention to the health of the teeth. However, the teeth are only one aspect of a strong, healthy, and attractive smile. Every tooth is supported by the foundation of the gums. If the health of the gum tissue deteriorates, so does the strength of the smile. So how do you protect the health of the gums? To start, it is important to realize the most common causes of poor gum health affecting our Forney, TX patients. When these causes are recognized and diagnosed, restorative dentistry treatments can repair oral damage to restore the health of the gums. Once these problems are addressed, protecting gum health is as simple as implementing a few good oral hygiene habits.
Causes of Poor Gum Health
Most people do not realize how vulnerable the gums are to oral health problems. Many of the same conditions that threaten the health and strength of the teeth, such as infection and inflammation, also compromise the health of the gums. Since the gums support the teeth, protecting gum health can also prevent severe dental complications such as tooth loss. Knowing the causes of gum health problems is vital to the preservation of good gum health. Below are some of the most common causes of poor gum health:
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Improper brushing techniques
- Neglect of professional dental care
- Failure to undergo recommended restorative dentistry treatment
In addition to these causes, some habits and health conditions can increase the risk of poor gum health. Factors that have been linked to an increased risk of poor gum health include the following:
- Genetics, or a family history of gum disease
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Heart disease
Treating Poor Gum Health
If the health of the gums has been compromised, restorative dentistry treatment can repair the condition to provide the teeth with a healthy, supportive foundation. It is important to address these concerns as soon as possible to prevent further oral health complications. Our dentists offer periodontal treatments to eliminate bacteria from beneath the gums and treat inflammation and infection. These services assist in the healing of infected gum tissues and promote the growth of new, healthy tissues. We are happy to discuss these treatments in further detail with those who are suffering from poor gum health.
Preserving Gum Health
Once gum health has been restored, it is important for patients to focus on preserving the health of the gums moving forward. Some practices that are beneficial to gum health include:
- Regular brushing and flossing
- Routine dental exams and cleanings, at least twice yearly
- Staying hydrated
- Maintaining good physical health
- Avoiding harmful habits, such as smoking
Professional dental care is vital to the health of the teeth and gums. At Forney Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, you will find a full range of dental services to preserve the oral health of yourself and your family. To learn more about these treatments, contact us at your earliest convenience.