Why are Gums so Important to Oral Health?

Dentist pointing at x-ray of mouth

Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults around the world. The result of poor oral hygiene and excessively sugary diets, damage caused by gum disease is not limited to the mouth. In recent years research has shown that gum disease is associated with increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Gum disease can develop even if someone brushes and flosses their teeth regularly. For this reason, visiting a dentist in Soho, such as PS Dental Care, is important in order to ensure that gum disease does not become so severe as to result in tooth loss. Patients with inflamed, bleeding and/or sensitive gums may have gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, which can be treated more easily.

How Gum Disease Begins

Just like the intestines, the mouth houses many bacteria. By and large these bacteria are not harmful, except when they feast on sugary foods and are left to thrive, leading to the release of acids that irritate the gums and erode the tooth enamel. Daily brushing and flossing is not always enough to prevent gum disease. A dentist in Soho can ensure that plaque, a build-up of bacteria, is removed from the teeth and in between the gums.

Gum Disease: The Effects

The effects of gum disease range from red and puffy gums to destruction of the gum tissue and the bones supporting the teeth. Late stage gum disease (also known as periodontitis) is also responsible for tooth loss.

Studies have shown that people with gum disease are at higher risk for a host of different diseases. While it is not clear in all cases whether gum disease precedes the onset of these diseases, or people with these diseases are more likely to develop gum disease, the association is clear. The health of the mouth and the rest of the body is interlinked. So a dentist in Soho can help patients enjoy better oral health for better overall health.

Patients worried about gum disease or other oral health conditions, should visit their Soho dentist as soon as possible to get started on treatment.