The Health Perils of Gum Disease
How can you prevent gum disease? continued...
In addition, behaviors that are good for your overall health also help protect your gums. These include not smoking and eating a healthy diet that’s low on sugar and high on whole grains.
When your dentist asks about your health history, she’s not being nosy. If you are pregnant or have a family history of diabetes, stroke, or heart disease, let your dentist know. Your dentist or hygienist will also want to know what medications you are taking — some of them increase your risk of gum disease. And be ready to tell your dentist or hygienist if you have noticed any signs of bleeding or swelling in your gums, or loose or painful teeth.
A little extra attention to your gums can keep your whole smile beautiful for many years to come.