If your gums bleed, don’t worry it may not be that serious and there is something you can do about it. Healthy gums is very important for your general wellbeing and for your heart, self-esteem and memory as explained below;
- Heart: healthy gums reduce the risk of heart diseases, heart and blood infections and even a stroke. Many scientific studies show that poor gum health is related to heart conditions
- Self-esteem: Good oral health increases quality of life: mouth infections can lead to bad breath, which can directly affect your self-esteem. Healthy gums improve self-esteem, confidence and happiness
- Brain: healthy gums help to preserve memory! According to a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, adults who have gum diseases perform worse in memory tests and other cognitive skills tests when compared to those who have healthier gums. Chronic gum inflammation is linked to development of alzheimer disease: a bacteria of the gums, called Porphyromonas Gingivalis, has been found in the brain of patients with Alzheimer, destroying neurons. If you keep your gums healthy, you will be protecting your brain.
Other preventable diseases linked to unhealthy gums
Healthy gums reduce the risk of serious diseases like kidney, pancreatic and blood cancers, Parkinson and rheumatoid arthritis. In pregnant women in their final trimester, an inflammation of their gums, a condition known as gingivitis can result in their babies born too early (pre-term) or with low birth weight.
2 tips to improve healthy gums
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Floss once a day
Your dentist will in some cases prescribe antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to prevent growth of bacteria in hypersensitive gums