Healthy gums: What they look like and how to get them
Healthy gums play a large role in your overall oral health. They are just as important to take care of as your teeth. Here is some information about what healthy gums look like and how to get them.
Healthy gums contribute to your overall oral health. Your gums have an important role as they surround and protect your teeth. Usually, they will not grow out again once they recede. Therefore, it is a good idea to take good care of them.
What do healthy gums look like?
Healthy gums are usually light pink and firm, fitting tightly around your teeth. They should not bleed when you brush your teeth. Also, if you notice that your gums look red, swollen or receding you should contact your dentist. This is because these may be symptoms of gum disease, also known as gingivitis (1).
Improper care of your gums may lead to the development of gum disease. This can be seen through signs such as darkening of the colour of your gums. Additionally, they may be tender or swollen. Improper care and cleaning over time can lead to build-up of bacteria on the edge of your gums. As a result, they may become inflamed. Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bleeding gums
- Tender and swollen gums
- Receding gums and loose teeth
- Change in the colour of your gums
- Bad breath
If you notice any of these symptoms contact your dentist and they can help you determine the cause. Thus, you can get appropriate treatment if needed.
How to take care of your gums
The most important action to ensure optimal oral health, including healthy gums, is daily cleaning of your teeth.
Brush your teeth twice a day and avoid brushing with too much force. Did you know that three out of four people brush too hard? The Clinic Gum Protector toothbrush can help you avoid this. It bends and clicks when too much force is used. This will help you treat your teeth more gently. Flossing daily is also recommended, as by flossing you can clean all five sides of your teeth.
Additionally, it is important to visit your dentist or dental practitioner regularly. They can also perform a professional cleaning if necessary.
- NHS. Gum Disease. Link to page. Accessed November 25, 2020.