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Are you concerned about the health of your body? Did you know that you could actually protect both simply by caring for your teeth well? As you may have heard, your oral and overall health are connected. In other words, if you don’t care for the health of your mouth well—including your gums—you could harm your oral health.

You see, your gums are actually a protective layer that keeps bacteria away from the bones that support your teeth. Also, when healthy, your gums seal your teeth, which can prevent harmful bacteria from entering your bloodstream. Generally, if you simply brush your teeth, floss every day, and visit our dentist once every six months, your gums should stay healthy.

Still, do you know how your gums could 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. 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, or are worried about the health of your teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz, DDS & Associates, Inc. at 818-558-4332. Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.