Gum Health Basics

Taking care of your gums is instrumental for good oral health!

Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills highlights the significance of the often neglected gum health!

When you think of oral health, you think about your teeth.

Right?

Indeed! It’s a fairly common practice for people to lay primary focus on their teeth and unknowingly neglect the gums in the process. Yes, we’ve all been there! 

However, it is important to note that the gums play a vital role in maintaining good oral health

Here are a few pointers to give you an idea about how crucial your gum health is for you:

  • Gums help in holding your teeth in place
  • They protect the sensitive root for each tooth
  • Your gums are visible when you smile or laugh
  • They act as a barrier to prevent the invasion of your teeth from bacteria
  • Periodontal gum disease is linked to a wide range of serious dental and medical conditions

While the first four pointers would seem logical to you, did the last one catch you off-guard? 

Extensive research has linked gum disease to a wide range of serious medical conditions, including the heart, lungs and liver. 

Poor gum health and hygiene has led to several cases of life-threatening heart problems and it goes without saying that taking care of your gums should always be a top priority. 

As a renowned dental clinic in Sydney, Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills has dealt with countless cases of issues in the gum, including periodontal disease and gingivitis.

Our vast experience and expertise in handling all sorts of dental cases has made us deal with gum problems spanning different age groups and conditions. As such, we are well-versed with the typical causes and types of gum problems which people usually have. 

With that being said, let us delve into some of the most common gum health issues that you should be acquainted with:

Gingivitis

This is arguably the most common issue dentists tend to come across. Due to poor oral hygiene, there is a sticky and yellowish deposition of bacteria on the teeth. This deposition is known as plaque and it can lead to inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue. This leads to pain and bleeding gums. 

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is often the subsequent stage to gingivitis. Due to poor brushing or flossing, the plaque tends to build up, harden and become more progressive. Consequently, the inner layer of the gums pull away and expose the teeth and underlying bone to bacteria and gradual development of infection. This gum disease can lead to severe pain, bleeding of the gums, problem in chewing food and even tooth loss. 

Receding gums

Inadequate oral health care and hygiene, rigorous brushing of the teeth and gum infections can lead to your gums receding and exposing the teeth. Not only would it hamper with you smiling, but it would also make your teeth vulnerable to damage through something as simple as consumption of food and drinks. 

Tooth sensitivity

The exposure of the teeth due to receding gums also, in turn, expose the inner nerve endings accompanying the teeth. This leads to tooth sensitivity to the extent where drinking water at room temperature may also pose as a challenge. 

Tooth loss

As mentioned previously, the gums play a pivotal role (pun intended) in holding the teeth in their place. Naturally, any problems in the gums leads to instability in the teeth and would make them wobbly and overly mobile. If good care is not exercised, it leads to tooth loss. 

At Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills, we leave no stone unturned in carefully diagnosing and treating any gum health problems. When it comes to gum health, we have you covered.

Tips to take care of your gums

Our dentists at Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills have always believed that good health practices begin at home! Therefore, the following presents some basic and easy-to-follow tips on taking care of your gums, crafted by none other than our expert dentists:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently. You might have been hearing this since your childhood and it still holds value even today. Rigorously brushing your teeth or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can damage your teeth and gums, leaving them vulnerable to infections, bleeding and pain. 
  • Don’t just brush your teeth, but also your gums and tongue. Most people tend to brush their teeth alone, leaving out the gums and the teeth. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush the gums and the tongue helps in eliminating build-up of plaque and bacteria.
  • Keep changing your toothbrush. The bristles of any toothbrush wear down over time and usage, leaving them incapable of effectively removing plaque and bacteria. 
  • Always gargle. Consumption of food and drinks leads to the generation of a film or debris of edible substances in your mouth. If not washed, these serve as a hotbed for the onset of bacterial action. Therefore, it is essential to gargle your mouth thoroughly after you consume any food or drink.
  • Frequent visits to the dentist. It’s always a good idea to consult and take advice from the professionals. Visiting a dentist very few months helps in keeping your oral health problems in check and getting expert guidance on following good oral health practices to ensure the health of not only your teeth and gums, but also your overall health. 

Gum health diet

Though gum health technically falls under our ‘tips on taking care of your gums’ section, the fact that this happens to be perhaps the most common question posed by our patients, has motivated us to devote a section of its own!

And rightfully so!

The diet you follow plays a mammoth role in governing your gum health. There are certain nutrients which are essential for maintaining good gum health and preventing disease and infections. 

Let’s check out the vital gum health diet nutrients and some typical foods containing those nutrients:

Vitamin C

Foods containing Vitamin C are renowned for helping to reduce gum inflammation. Most notably, a deficiency in Vitamin C can lead to a disease called scurvy, which causes severe inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Common foods which contain Vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries and leafy greens

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is well-established as a good contributing factor to maintenance of gum health. In fact, low Vitamin B12 levels are often linked with gum disease. As such, it is undoubtedly a wise decision to include Vitamin B12 into your gum health diet. Common foods which contain Vitamin B12 include animal products such as meat, eggs and milk. In addition, certain foods like pasta and cereals are often fortified with Vitamin B12. 

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for regulating inflammatory gum tissue and maintaining good health of the gums in general. Common foods which contain omega-3 fatty acids include fish and flaxseed oil. 

Gum health concerns can be serious but we are more serious about eliminating them!

At Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills, any gum health concerns are effectively tackled by some of the best dentists not just in Sydney, but also NSW

With many years of rich experience in providing high quality, efficient, affordable and safe dental treatment and care to people in Sydney and NSW, Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills has established itself as a premier dental care facility that addresses all dental issues and delivers unmatched dental care.

Searching for ‘dentist near me’ in Sydney?

Look no further than Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills!

Prodental Clinic treats all kinds of gum problems and improves your oral health through the best dental care services in Sydney NSW

Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills is renown for providing the most advanced and highest quality dental care in all of NSW. Our services include the following:

  • Examinations
  • X-rays
  • Scale / Clean / Fluoride
  • Fissure Sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root Canals
  • Extractions
  • Laser Dentistry

We care about you! We consider our job well done only when you smile during every visit to Baulkham Hills and leave with a brighter smile!

Gums problems should never tone down your smile

With Prodental Clinic Baulkham Hills, you have many reasons to smile about!

Book an appointment with Prodental Clinic and enjoy the most advanced dental care available from the best dentists in Sydney at the best rates, quality and efficiency!

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