When you talk about oral health, you probably think first of all about keeping your teeth clean, and then maybe about cosmetic issues like broken and chipped teeth, or cracked tooth enamel.
But the importance of good gum health should not be overlooked. In fact, in the long term, it can have a big effect on keeping your teeth looking good and in place for longer.
Your mouth is a complex ecosystem, with all sorts of different good and bad bacteria present, and like any natural system it’s important to keep things in balance.
The different tissues in your mouth – your teeth, gums, jaw and other tissues – all help to achieve this by combating the bad bacteria and creating a healthy home for the good bacteria.
And healthy gums are crucial to this, as they form the last line of defence to prevent unwelcome bacteria from getting into the roots of your teeth.
Consequences of bad gum health
If you let your gums get into bad condition, you could be at increased risk of conditions ranging from bad breath to tooth loss.
Some even worse conditions have been linked with advanced periodontal disease, including raised cardiovascular risk and mental processing problems in the elderly.
Early periodontal disease can be difficult to spot, so it’s important to maintain good gum health at all times – you could be in the early stages of gum disease without knowing.
Oral healthcare professionals estimate that nearly half of people in their 30s and seven in ten retirees could have some degree of periodontal disease, so don’t assume you’re not affected.
How to maintain good gum health with dentures
If you have full or partial dentures, make sure you stick to a good regime both for your own oral hygiene and when cleaning your false teeth.
Use a suitable cleaning solution or denture ‘toothpaste’ daily to keep your false teeth free from bacteria.
Clean your own remaining teeth in the normal way. If you have gaps, bridges or implant retained dentures, interdental brushes and picks can help to retrieve tiny specks of food residue.
If you’re in any doubt – especially when getting new dentures fitted – ask your dentist who should be able to advise you on how to keep them clean and keep your mouth healthy.
At Smiles & More we welcome any questions as part of our aftercare service for patients, as we want to make sure your mouth – and your smile – stay in good health for as long as possible.