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You probably know that exercising and following a healthy diet are important—but did you know that the health 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. If you brush your teeth, floss every day, and visit our dentist once every six months, your gums should stay healthy.

So, what can cause your gums to become unhealthy? 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.

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 the early stages of gum disease.

If you think you may be dealing with unhealthy gums, please don’t hesitate to contact N.J. Nicastro Dental PC at 631-928-2020. Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Nicastro and Dr. Felpo may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We are here to help you maintain your healthy, confident smile!