I. Stephen Brown, DDS
(215) 735-3660
Periodontist Philadelphia

Why are Healthy Gums Important for Healthy Teeth?

Most of us are really good at caring for our teeth because that the first thing people see when we smile, and our teeth have great functional importance in our everyday lives. But it is equally important give your gums proper care. In fact, taking care of your gums is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your teeth stay healthy throughout your life. There is a lot you can do to protect your gums, but if they start to deteriorate, you may need the help of a periodontist to repair the damage.

The Connection Between Teeth, Gums, and Bone

Every part of the chewing structure of your mouth is important in keeping the others healthy. If your gums are unhealthy, it can expose your vulnerable tooth roots to decay, and it allows bacteria eat away at the bone that holds your teeth in place. If you lose enough bone, you will begin to lose teeth. When you lose teeth, your jaw bone can abate significantly and your other teeth become at risk. Considering this delicate balance, it’s not surprising that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in America.

To summarize, healthy gums are important for the following reasons:

  • Tooth Root Protection: Your gums keep your tooth roots from being exposed. If the gums recede and reveal more of your tooth roots, it will expose them to tooth decay which will then cause tooth loss.
  • Jaw Bone Protection: Just like protecting your tooth roots, your jaw bone needs to be protected as well. If exposed by receding or destroyed gum, it will become damage and be unable to support your teeth.
  • Overall Oral Health: If gums are compromised, your overall oral health will begin to decline from gum recession or infection. This will lead to cavities at first, then tooth loss.

How Should I Care for my Gums and Teeth?

While the basic steps to taking care of your gums and teeth are well known, it is important to reiterate them. While in our office, we can demonstrate proper care and answer any questions you have. Below are the standard steps everyone should follow to take care of gums and teeth; keeping them healthy and happy:

  • Brushing your teeth and gums at least twice a day
  • Flossing after brushing your teeth
  • Utilizing a fluoride rinse
  • Practicing good dietary habits; avoiding excess acid and sugar
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for a checkup

Repairing Your Gums

Even if you take great care of your gums, you may still experience gum disease and/or gum recession. If this happens, a periodontist like Dr. Brown is the right person to help repair your gums. We use a variety of tools and advanced procedures to help your gums heal and continue to protect your teeth and bone. Your treatment may include the Pinhole Surgical Technique to repair receding gums without stitches. It might include LANAP, a laser gum treatment that eliminates infection and allow your gums to heal. Dr. Brown is an expert at the latest periodontal treatments and is committed to healing patients by the least invasive means possible.

Need an Appointment?

Taking care of your gums and teeth is not only crucial for your oral health, but your overall health as well. If you suspect you may have gum disease or receding gums, contact our Philadelphia periodontist's office to schedule an appointment. You can reach us for an appointment by phone or online. If you have any questions about your gums, your teeth, or what it takes to make them happy and healthy, please contact us during business hours and we will be happy to assist you. Dr. Brown and the team at the Perio Group are proud to serve our patients with some of the finest periodontal care in Philadelphia.

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