The Importance of Healthy Gums

 In Dental Care

Many people underestimate the importance of healthy gums. Gum disease doesn’t just impact your oral health; it can also increase your risk for other serious health issues like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Healthy gums are crucial for overall well-being, so they shouldn’t be neglected.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Gums


Healthy Gums:

  • Pink in color
  • Firm and fit snugly around your teeth
  • Do not bleed easily

Unhealthy Gums:

  • May appear red and swollen
  • Can bleed during flossing
  • May seem to be receding or pulling away from your teeth

Causes of Unhealthy Gums

Several factors can contribute to unhealthy gums, including:

  • Tobacco use
  • Certain medications
  • A weakened immune system
  • Poor oral hygiene (e.g., not visiting the dentist regularly, inadequate brushing, and consuming enamel-eroding foods and drinks)

How to Maintain Healthy Gums

Maintaining healthy gums is straightforward and requires minimal effort, aside from potentially challenging habits like quitting smoking. To keep your gums healthy, you should:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Get regular dental cleanings
  • Quit smoking
  • Use fluoride toothpaste or another dentist-recommended toothpaste

Wytheville Dental Group

If you’re concerned about your gum health, need to schedule a cleaning, or have any other dental needs, contact Wytheville Dental Group. We treat your dental health with the same care and attention we would our own family’s.