Welcome to gum health 101!
Let's face it: Teeth get all of the attention. Like, all of it. But, when it comes to oral health, gums are just as important — and pristine, cavity-free teeth are no guarantee that your gums are in good shape.
Your mouth is filled with bacteria. Lots and lots of bacteria. At any given point, your mouth can have anywhere between 10 and 50 billion bacteria present.
And if left alone, all of that bacteria can create all kinds of problems, including bad breath (ew), plaque and tartar buildup (ugh), bleeding gums (ick), sensitive teeth (ack), cavities (bloof), and gingivitis (omg).
Not great, right? Well, there’s more bad news: These symptoms are frequently mild and unnoticeable at first.
Yes, you read that correctly: Not taking care of your gums can cause you to lose your teeth. 😬😬😬
And studies suggest there's a relationship between gum health and overall health.
Fortunately, there's plenty you can do between dentist appointments to take care of your gums — and, by extension, your whole body. 🎉🎉🎉
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