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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. You probably know that exercising and following a healthy diet are important—but did you know that the state 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. When healthy, your gums seal your teeth which can prevent harmful bacteria from entering your bloodstream. Luckily, if you brush your teeth at least twice each day, floss daily, 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.

Furthermore, unhealthy gums tend to 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 gum disease.

Are you worried about your gums? Would you like to learn more about how you can address unhealthy gums? If so, or if you would like to schedule a visit, please don’t hesitate to give our Dr. Brian Scaff team a call at 512-792-2688. Dr. Brian Scaff and our team will be happy to answer your questions and address any of your concerns. We are eager to meet with you!