Healthy Gums, Healthy Smile

Do you have gums that bleed? Have you noticed changes in the appearance of your gums?

Healthy gums are an important part of overall good oral health. One of the most common dental problems and one that will impact most people at some point in their lives, gum disease can wreak havoc on your dental health over time if left untreated. Poor gum health can also put you at an increased risk for other health issues including cardiovascular disease and systemic conditions that are related to internal inflammation. Dr. Upadya emphasizes the important role that routine dental care plays in maintaining healthy gums, providing the opportunity for our dental care team to spot developing disease in the early stage where conservative treatment can be effective. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, schedule a dental visit with us and discuss your oral health needs.

Why Are Healthy Gums Important?

Many patients underestimate the importance of gum health. Gums support the teeth and nourish the tooth roots. When gum disease develops and is able to progress, harmful bacteria slowly degrade and infect gum tissue. Over time, this weakens the gums and pockets begin to form around tooth roots and tissue is damaged. This is setting the stage for more complex problems such as tooth loss.

The gums also help to protect us from the effects of harmful bacteria, serving as a barrier between bacteria in the mouth and the bloodstream, which would transport the bacteria around the body. This can have a range of effects, depending on the overall health of the patient. Poor gum health has been linked to increased risk for cardiovascular disease and systemic conditions.

Keeping the gums healthy through routine dental care and good oral hygiene will help to prevent gum disease!

Treating Gum Disease: what are the options?

Dr. Upadya can offer comprehensive dental care and periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease. He screens for the early signs during your regular visit with us and can help to restore gum health if advanced disease is present. Common treatment options include anti-bacterial rinses, scaling and root planing or gum rejuvenation.

If you have been away from the dentist and would like to schedule a visit, we welcome you to join our dental care family and restore the health of your smile. Healthy gums will support your long term oral health and wellness as well as physical wellness. Our dental care team can make any necessary recommendations for keeping your gums healthy between visits if you have risk factors for gum disease.