When it comes to our mouths, we typically care most about our teeth. But our gums are just as important. They hold teeth together, keep them protected from bacteria, can give you bad breath, and can even affect your overall health.
Healthy gums are essential to dental health. Check yours regularly to make sure you are not in danger of developing gingivitis or periodontal disease. If your gums are swollen or bleed when brushing or using toothpicks, if they have shrunk or receded or your teeth feel loose, it is time to see your dentist who can check your periodontal health.
Many people have gingivitis without even knowing it. Since it’s a mild form of gum disease, it can be hard to detect. But it’s very common and can lead to more serious gum disease, or periodontitis, which is the primary cause of adult tooth loss.
As long as you take good care of your gums and teeth with daily flossing and brushing, your gums should be pretty healthy. Healthy gums are pink although this may vary depending on your natural complexion. If gums are white, red, or unnaturally black, you may have gingivitis or gum disease.
The most common cause of gingivitis and gum disease is plaque. Plaque is made up of bacteria that irritates your gums and eats away at your teeth enamel. This could leads to your gums becoming very irritated and unhealthy as you begin to develop gum disease.
Control gingivitis with oral hygiene techniques and a visit to the dentist.