Gum Disease

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As with any kind of plant, if you want it to be healthier, then the soil that it grows from should have all the proper nutrients. Our teeth are the first and most important part of digestion, serving to grind food up and prepare it for the digestive system to extract nutrients. When the teeth are not healthy, this places an extra burden on the digestive system to break down food particles that the unhealthy teeth did not accomplish, creating extra work and making digestion of food sluggish.

Healthy soil is the key to healthy plants, and healthy gums are the key to healthy teeth. Millions of people suffer from periodontitis, which is a bacterial infection of the gums, compromising the health of your teeth.

Generally, gingivitis, which is the inflammation of gum tissue, begins. First, this is brought on by many things, including hormonal changes, habits such as smoking or drinking, illnesses, or poor hygiene including not brushing or flossing. These habits allow plaque to build up around the teeth, which is a sticky layer of bacteria. Your dentist can treat this inflammation if caught in time, but if it is ignored, it can progress to periodontitis, which is a more serious gum disease that may put your teeth at risk.

After a visit to your dentist, the first thing you can do to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss daily, changing habits that help in establishing an unhealthy environment, such as decreasing your junk food intake, cessation of smoking and drinking, and eating foods that are loaded with calcium such as green leafy vegetables, which help strengthen bones and teeth. If you are an adult, then there are no second chances with your teeth; thus, it would be wise to take care of the only set of teeth that you will ever have.