Your Health And Your Gums

Your Health And Your Gums

Welcome back to our blog!

At Moss family dental practice, we want the families of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline, Virginia to smile with passion.

Our team is unique in that we are led by a father and son dentist duo, so we really do understand the importance of taking care of the entire family.

As such, our services are comprehensive and convenient.

In our office (on Pelham Street in Fredericksburg) we do everything from preventive care to cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry.

We also strive to provide your family with enough education to maintain a healthy smile throughout life.

Because gum disease is rampant in the United States, today we want to discuss the importance of having healthy gums.

Why Should I Worry About My Gums?

When things are working as they should, you might not ever notice your gums too much.

But they are there nonetheless providing an essential service that you would be devastated without.

Namely, they allow you to keep teeth in your mouth!

That’s a pretty big deal, right?

Your gums are what hold your teeth in place. To do this they work in conjunction with your bone and soft tissues.

When things go awry with the health of your gums, real trouble can emerge.

A Prevalent Problem

Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in this country?

Though gum disease is largely preventable, studies indicate that the majority of Americans will still confront some level of this disease in their lifetime.

That is not good news for you, or for any of us!


The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is characterized by an inflammation of your gums that results from bacteria (the kind that is contained in plaque) attacking your mouth.

At this point, things can be easily turned around. The problem is that most folks will never recognize gingivitis unless an oral health professional points it out.

Periodontal Disease

Your gums will become tender, swollen, and bloody and your teeth will gradually lose their support structure as periodontal disease, the advanced stage of gum disease, destroys your bone, gums, and soft tissue.

This weakening of your support system will lead to your teeth loosening up and falling out of your mouth.

Trust us, this is not fun.

The longer you go without treatment, the worse off your mouth will be.

Gum disease can even affect your overall health.

Recent studies have shown a link between gum disease and respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

To be sure, this is nothing to fool around with.

Moss Is Here To Help Keep Your Mouth Healthy

To prevent gum disease you, obviously, will need to do your best to practice good hygiene at home by brushing, flossing, and rinsing regularly with mouthwash.

When you are doing this, pay closer attention to your gums. Are they tender? Inflamed? Prone to bleeding?

Catching gum disease early is always better than later.

That’s why coming in for dental cleanings and exams every six months is the key to keeping your mouth healthy.

By cleaning your mouth with professional tools and having an in-depth look around, we can get rid of any left over tartar and plaque and address any developing issues before they become major health concerns.

Get Started Today

Give us a call at 540-373-2080, or click here to schedule a consultation at our Fredericksburg, VA dental office.