I personally have the worst teeth ever. I have a filling in every single molar and one dental implant, which I got at 23 when an old root canal went bad. During my second pregnancy one of my teeth actually cracked when I was chewing a piece of gum, half it broke off and fell out of my mouth. My gums aren’t much better.
Now you may think I do not take care of my mouth but I do. I go to the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. I brush my teeth 2-3 x a day. I even floss occasionally….okay that is a lie I do not really floss, but neither does my husband and his teeth are perfect, but that is not the point is it?
As a nurse and someone who has battled issues with my teeth my whole life I well versed in the importance of healthy teeth and gums and I am taking steps to improve the health of my gums and teeth because I know that your gums matter. I am also teaching my 6 year old why gums matter!!!
Gum disease affects your teeth by weakening their support which can result in the loss of adult teeth. If losing teeth isn’t enough of a reason to take care of your gums knowing that gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and even pancreatic cancer, should be. “Recent studies have demonstrated a relationship between periodontal disease and infectious endocarditis, coronary artery disease and stroke” (#1). Studies have found that people suffering from gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease than a person who has healthy gums. (#1). Diabetes Care did a study which linked gum disease with increased development of diabetes (#2). All of these studies point to the same conclusion, we need to take care of our gums!
Brush: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, more if possible.
- Floss: Floss daily.
- Eat Healthy: Eat a healthy diet and avoid snacking on sugary foods which can lead to tooth decay.
- Dentist: Visit your dentist every 6 months for a check up and cleaning. If you develop swollen gums or tooth pain see your dentist right away.
What are your tips for keeping your gums healthy?
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