Maintaining good oral health is about far more than mere aesthetics. The state of your mouth has a huge impact - for better or for worse, on multiple areas of your overall health and wellness.
When it comes to preserving a natural smile for life, most people immediately think of teeth. But the fact is, periodontal (gum) tissues that surround those teeth affect your smile just as much. And they also are just as key to maintaining good oral health.
In the US today, the majority of the population gets gum disease (or at least pre-gingivitis) at some point in life and almost everyone has one or more fillings in their mouth from past cavities. Part of the reason for this reality is the relatively unhealthy diet that typifies modern American culture.
Taking good care of your gums is a huge part of protecting your overall oral health - but for more reasons than you might realize. Periodontal disease has multiple negative impacts, which extend far beyond just the immediate deterioration of the gums themselves.
Your gums are the first line of defense against infection of your tooth roots, which can quickly lead to tooth loss. Furthermore, periodontal health is a barometer of overall body health since gum infections can spread to other parts of the body and other health problems often cause gum problems.