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What Your Gums Say about Your Health

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Depending on your oral care, your gums can be a reflection of your overall health.
Air Date: 10/14/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Richard Price, DMD
Richard Price Nov 2010Richard H. Price, D.M.D., is currently a Consumer Advisor for the American Dental Association, a professional organization representing approximately 157,000 U.S. dentists.

Dr. Price has close to one thousand media appearances to his credit, including The Today Show, Oprah, CBS Live, 20/20 and all local newscasts in Boston. He has also been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and the Boston Globe. In addition, Dr. Price authored a newspaper column, "Dentist's Diary," in the Boston Herald for five years.
What Your Gums Say about Your Health
Gums have some of the most important roles in oral care. It's crucial to keep them healthy in order for them to do their jobs properly. Ligaments within your gums hold your teeth to your jaw so you are able to bite, chew and move your mouth. Alveolar processes are bones that contain sockets in your gums for your teeth. Lastly, the gingival consists of the mucosal tissue that protect the roots of your teeth.

Flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and brushing your teeth can all have a major affect on your gums and your overall health. The most common gum disease is gingivitis, which affects over 50 percent of males and 45 percent of females between the ages of 35-44.

Gingivitis begins with bacteria growth in your mouth, causing your gums to become inflamed and to bleed easily when brushing or flossing. If left untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, which is when the inner layer of the gum and bone pull away from teeth, causing gaps where infections can occur. This can lead to tooth loss and the spread of infection into your immune system.

Doctor of Dental Medicine and a Consumer Advisor for the American Dental Association, Dr. Richard Price, explains the importance of gum health and what your gums say about your overall health.
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What Your Gums Say About Your Health