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As you probably know, there are several things you need to do if you’re interested in enjoying a healthy lifestyle. For instance, exercising and following a healthy diet are important—but did you know that the health of your gums can affect your overall health? In fact, keeping your gums healthy is a vital part of protecting the health of your body. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to protect, or restore, the health of your gums.

Your gums are actually a protective layer that keeps bacteria away from the bones that support your teeth. Also, when healthy, your gums seal your teeth, which can prevent harmful bacteria from entering your bloodstream. Luckily, if you simply brush your teeth, floss every day, and visit our dentist once every six months, your gums should stay healthy.

Typically, unhealthy gums are caused by plaque. Plaque forms when food particles aren’t removed from your gums. If this plaque isn’t removed, it will release toxins that can irritate your gums and lead to a number of serious conditions.

Unhealthy gums typically lead to gum disease, which can result in tooth loss, chronic bad breath, sensitive teeth, and shifting teeth. Fortunately, there are a number of non-surgical periodontal therapies you can rely on if your gum disease isn’t severe. For example, a simple cleaning or an improved at-home oral hygiene regimen may be enough to reverse early gum disease.

Do you have any questions about your oral health, or would you like to schedule a visit with our experienced team? If so, we invite you to call Buckland Hills Dental in Manchester, Connecticut by calling 860-644-0099 today. Dr. Tae Chul Ho, Dr. Khan, Dr. Huang, Dr. Patel, and Dr. Lee are always happy to help you reach all your smile care needs!