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When you think about oral health, chances are you think about brushing your teeth. And, to be sure, teeth are a major part of oral health. But your mouth is a complex environment, and each part of it needs proper attention. Your gums play an integral role in the overall health of your mouth, so you should be sure to care for them.

Our gums help to both protect and support our teeth. Our teeth are covered in a hard layer of enamel that helps protect their sensitive inner layers. But their roots lack this protection. Gums instead help to keep bacteria from causing decay. This arrangement only works, though, if the gums are healthy.

Gums can easily become diseased if proper oral hygiene is not observed. One of the things that happens as gum disease progresses is the gums actually recede from teeth. This exposes vulnerable tooth roots to corrosive bacteria. As gum disease further progresses, deeper tissues, including bone, can be compromised. Tooth loss can then occur. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss today.

While early gum disease is often reversible, as it progresses this no longer remains true. That is why it is so important to identify signs as early as possible, or even better, prevent it entirely with great daily oral hygiene.

To learn more about gum disease, including the treatment options available at Sunshine Dental Group, please call our dental office in El Monte, CA, today.