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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, you probably know that 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.

However, do you know why your gums could become unhealthy? As you may have guessed, poor oral hygiene may be the most common reason for unhealthy gums. Unfortunately, if you don’t remove plaque and bacteria from your gums, you could have to deal with gum disease. Plaque can release toxins that may irritate your gums, ultimately resulting in gum disease.

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. 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 contact Northern Virginia Dental Associates at 703.451.8332. Whether you need deep cleanings, such as scaling and root planing, or other types of treatment, Dr. Winkler, Dr. Charaipotra, Dr. Coulter, and Dr. Kanli are happy to help your periodontal health to stay in tip-top shape!