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What do you do to stay healthy and strong? Do you visit your doctor, exercise, or follow a strict diet? Do you make a point of getting enough sleep? If so, good for you—but did you know you that you can protect your overall health by keeping your mouth healthy? Specifically, did you know that the health of your gums could play an important role in the health of your body?

You see, 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. If you brush your teeth, floss every day, and visit our dentist once every six months, your gums should stay healthy.

Unhealthy gums are typically 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.

Unhealthy gums typically 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.

If you think you may be dealing with gum disease or unhealthy gums,  please don’t hesitate to contact Stephen Woodard at 509-924-8585. Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Stephen Woodard may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. Together we can help you achieve and maintain a healthy, confident smile.