Gums represent the tissue that surrounds and helps hold your teeth in place. They require the same attention and level of care paid to your actual teeth. When healthy, they are pink-colored, and firm to the touch. Being an informed dental patient means understanding what significance their appearance has on the health of your teeth.
There are multiple factors associated with receded gums, including dental hygiene, teeth cleaning practices, and genetics. When cleaning your teeth, you can angle the brush so that the bristles face your gum line at a 45-degree angle – then brush with short, gentle, and circular strokes. If gum recession has persisted, then consider a gum grafting procedure from your dentist.
Gums that bleed frequently may possibly indicate gingivitis or gum disease due to plaque accumulation. These conditions can best be prevented by brushing your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush at least twice per day and practicing regular flossing. A regular cleaning and exam at your dentist is also recommended in order to ensure the best chances of preventing gum disease or gingivitis.
The color of your gums can indicate various possible conditions. A red-gray appearance may be signs of a bacterial infection. A bright red color may be associated with a viral infection, or fungal infection. Brown spots on your gums may be associated with cancer. Each of these colorations may require you to visit your dentist and perform a check-up.
With good cleaning practices and regular visits to the dental office annually, you can better manage the health of your gums, and in turn, your overall oral health. For additional information about gums and their correlation with your dental health, contact Bixby Knolls Dental Group today and schedule a consultation.
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