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Healthy gums and healthy body

Post by : Dr Keiron Thompson BDS GDC No. 228585 | 18 March 2024

Healthy gums are not just vital for a radiant smile; they are pivotal in maintaining overall health. The intricate link between gum health and general well-being is an area of health often overshadowed by other concerns. Yet, understanding the importance of gums, their impact on the body, and how to care for them can significantly influence one’s health trajectory. This blog delves into why healthy gums matter, their role in overall health, and practical tips for maintaining them.

The Connection Between Gums and Health

Healthy gums are a linchpin in oral health, reflecting the health status of your entire body. Gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease, can escalate into periodontitis, a severe condition linked to heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. The mouth’s role as the body’s entry point underscores the necessity of gum health to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the bloodstream.

Daily Practices for Gum Health

Brushing Correctly: Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste is crucial, not just for the teeth but also for the gums, to remove plaque build-up.

Flossing Regularly: Daily flossing gets rid of food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line, that brushing might miss.

Using Mouthwash: An antiseptic mouthwash can kill bacteria that cause gum disease. Opt for products recommended by dental professionals.

Eating Healthy: A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants can boost your immune system, aiding your body in fighting off oral infections.

Quitting Smoking: Smoking significantly increases the risk of gum disease. Quitting can markedly reduce this risk and enhance overall health.

Regular Dental Visits: Cleanings and check-ups by a dentist can prevent or catch early gum problems, making them more manageable.

The Role of Professional Care

Dentists and dental hygienists are crucial in the fight against gum disease. They perform professional cleanings to eliminate plaque and tartar, that home brushing and flossing can’t remove. This also provides personalised advice based on your health and lifestyle.

The Bigger Picture

Gum health is deeply intertwined with overall health. Studies have shown that gum disease is associated with serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory issues. Maintaining healthy gums can thus not only protect your oral health but also potentially lower the risk of these diseases or help manage their effects more effectively.


To wrap things up, gum health is a critical component of overall well-being. By adopting a comprehensive oral hygiene routine, making informed lifestyle choices, and seeking regular professional dental care, individuals can safeguard their gums and, consequently, their general health. With the right practices, healthy gums are within everyone’s reach, laying the foundation for a healthier body.

If you have any gum-related issues, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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