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Why Are Gums So Important?

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Weo Admin
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethYou probably don't think about your gums that much. Most of the time, your gums are just there, smiling when you smile. You may begin to think about your gums when something goes wrong with them. Here are some reasons why your gums are so important.

Support System

One of the most important functions your gums have is to act as a support system for your gums. Your teeth are nourished due to blood vessels in your gums. If you have healthy gums, your tooth roots will be healthy as well. If your tooth roots are diseased, they are far more likely to die, and you'll lose the tooth.


Another very important function of your gums is that they protect the tooth from trauma. Think of your gums as cushioning for your teeth and jawbone. Your tooth roots are sensitive, and trauma can damage them. However, your gums cushion your tooth roots and protect them from damage.

Not only do your gums protect your teeth from trauma, but they are also a barrier to harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay. Bacteria are present in your mouth all the time, so your gums are constantly working as a bacteria barrier.

What Can Happen To Gums?

The largest problem you might experience with your gums is gum disease. The same type of bacteria that you have for tooth decay can also cause gum disease. The early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is mild and easily cured through proper brushing and flossing. However, once the disease is in Stage Two or Three, you cannot be cured, but your disease can go into remission. You will need to undergo a deeper dental cleaning more frequently to keep gum disease at bay. If gum disease is allowed to flourish, you may have a large gum infection, or you may lose teeth.

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