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Dr Jerry Simon February 7th, 2023

Gum Disease Awareness Month

Love the Gums You Are With

February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month, but our team monitors your gum health all year round, and you should too! 


For many years the medical profession has ignored dental disease and looked right past the teeth as they peered down our throats. But in the last few years the association between gum disease and heart attacks, strokes and problems in pregnancy has drawn a lot of attention. Now recent research  has also shown those who have gum disease are at higher risk for severe COVID symptoms.  

It’s not “Not Just Gums” as we’ve mentioned before in a previous article we published. Taking care of your oral health includes making sure your gums are healthy as well. Any continuous inflammation in your gums can spreads throughout the body. So here are some things about your gums you should be aware of.

“If you are not preventing Gum Disease you are also not preventing health.” 

-Dr. Jerry Simon, D.D.S

Early Warning Signs of Gum Disease:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Bright red, dusky red, or purplish gums
  • Gums that feel tender when touched
  • Gums that easily bleed
  • Bad breath

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we recommend you see your dentist right away. The earlier gum disease is detected, it will increase your chances for a more successful treatment. Early Detection is KEY! Book appointment Online today!

Tips from a Dental Expert

Watch these short, very helpful dental tips share by Dr. Simon to learn more about how you can properly care for your gums and your overall dental health! 

Here Are 3 Tips for Taking Care of Your Gums:

1.  Keep up with your regular dental visits.

Although getting your teeth cleaned every 6 months is great, there is more to it! Your hygienist and dentist monitors your teeth AND gums to make sure your smile remains healthy. If anything were to happen, for instance the start of gum disease, we are able to catch it early before the disease progresses and becomes even worse. And we do not want it to become worse! Early detection is KEY! 


If you are brushing 2 times a day, that is great! Keep that up. But you HAVE to floss. We don’t tell you to floss to be annoying, we tell you because we care about your teeth. We want to see you keep all your teeth! There are just some places your toothbrush can’t reach. Periodontal (or gum) pockets being one of them. Lots of stuff like to get stuck in those pockets and make a home for themselves. The best way to reach them is with a waterpik. (pressured water) You can purchase them on amazon or here at the office.

3. Stop smoking.

Nicotine and tobacco are harmful to your entire body. It also does alot damage to your teeth and gums. Your mouth receives the initial impact of these products and it causes so much harm. Plus, nicotine reduces blood flow to your teeth and gums, depriving them of oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy.  Also, treatment for gum disease is less successful for smokers than non-smokers. 

All we want for you is to have a healthy smile: teeth, gums and all!  Remember your gums are as important as your teeth. You only get one set for a lifetime so Love the Gums You Are With. If you have questions or concerns about your gums please give us a call. We are here to help you 7 days a week! 203-324-6171

We have lots of articles regarding gum disease. See related post below or click here: Category-Gum Disease 
Or visit our services regarding Gum Disease: Periodontal Disease Treatment (Gum Disease & Gingivitis)

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