Did you know that about half of Americans 30 and older have gum disease?
Gums. Not the Juicy Fruit kind of gums. The ”in your mouth” kind. The “hold your teeth in your mouth” kind. The “should be pale and pinkish not red and swollen” kind.
They’re kind of important.
Most people tend to think of oral and dental health in terms of teeth and cavities. But that’s not the whole story. Of course those are important. Anyone who has ever had a cavity knows they hurt. But what if there was something that could also harm you in the long run that didn’t cause you immediate pain. Something that was slowly and silently destroying your teeth but also giving you heart disease or diabetes?
Yeah, scary, but not farfetched. Though they haven’t figured out the exact causes or reasons yet, scientists have determined there is a definite link between things like gingivitis and diabetes and increased risk for heart disease and stroke. In case you missed it, gingivitis is gum disease.
The ironic part is that it is so easy to prevent. A couple minutes a day to brush your teeth. Flossing on a regular basis. Every once in a while, eat an apple (they’re called nature’s toothbrush for a reason). Or here’s a kicker, eat some chocolate. Did you know that Dark Chocolate can slow the creation of dental plaque? I’m not saying go out and eat 4 pounds of dark chocolate snickers or anything. But a piece of dark chocolate now and then isn’t going to cause your teeth to fall out. So do yourself a favor and go to Your GUMS Matter and learn more about why gum disease matters, not just for your mouth, but for your whole body.
It’s time to take the first steps towards better gum health to help not only ourselves but to create healthy habits for our little ones and their future. Protect your family from gum disease and follow the conversation courtesy of #YourGumsMatter and Sunstar GUM.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Sunstar GUM and a campaign with Sverve. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.