Proper oral hygiene is important for many reasons. Improper oral care can lead to a plethora of problems such as gingivitis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even pregnancy complications. While most of us know how important it is to brush after every meal, many do not give their gums the special attention they deserve.
The gums are the foundation of the mouth. They surround the teeth and provide a seal around them. The gums are tightly bound to the underlying bone which prevents damage from food and creates an effective barrier for the roots of the teeth within them. The gums are vital in protecting your teeth and keeping them in place. Unfortunately, they tend to be a breeding ground for bacteria and microorganisms.
Recognizing the early signs of unhealthy gums can help you to avoid larger problems such as gingivitis, periodontitis, receding gum lines, and more. Here are some things to pay attention to while performing your daily oral care routine:
Healthy gums are generally pink, from shades of light coral to a deeper pink color. They will have a firm texture which is resistant to movement. Since the color of the gums can vary, the underlying color itself is not as important as the gums presenting with consistent coloration throughout the mouth. Contour is also important as it is essential to keeping your teeth protected. The contour of healthy gums will present a smooth curve around each tooth.
There are many symptoms that indicate that your gums are unhealthy. The range of causes for these symptoms is very broad, from simple irritation to full-blown infection or disease. Some of the more common symptoms one might experience are:
● Bleeding On Probing (BOP)
● Swollen Gums
● Spots or Deposits
● Gum Discoloration
Although these may not seem like extreme symptoms, none of these should be ignored, rather you should get the opinion of trusted dental professionals like those at Rogoff Dental Group. Our highly trained staff is here, whether it be for a routine cleaning or major dental restructuring, to guide you through all of your concerns.