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As you probably know, there are several things you need to do if you’re interested in enjoying a healthy lifestyle. For instance, 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. Luckily, if you simply brush your teeth, floss every day, and visit our dentist once every six months, your gums should stay healthy.

Unhealthy gums are typically 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.

If you find yourself with gum disease, there are several options you can consider. While gum disease can lead to heart disease and lung disease, it could also cause several problems inside your mouth—such as shifting teeth, tooth loss, or chronic bad breath. However, please note that if you have gum disease, our team can recommend a solution that best meets your needs. For example, 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, please don’t hesitate to contact Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC at 212-265-8291. Dr. Robert Marder and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.