Healthy gums are the foundation for your teeth, much like the foundation for your house. Healthy gums provide the support needed for your teeth to function as they should. Having unhealthy gums is like having termites in the foundation of your house. To the untrained eye everything seems fine, but progressive and often irreversible damage is being done.
What Are Healthy Gums?
- Are light pink in colour (darker for people with darker complexions)
- Are stippled, much like the surface of an orange
- Are not tender or swollen
- Don't bleed when brushing or flossing
Healthy Gums Don't Bleed
Gum disease (Periodontitis) is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. It is known as a "silent" disease because it is rarely painful, especially in the early stages. Bleeding Gums is often the first warning sign most people have of Gum Disease.
A Healthy Heart Starts with a Healthy Smile
Gum Disease can kill more than just your smile! Recent research has identified a link between Gum Disease and Heart Disease, and other health problems. The bacteria associated with Gum Disease can enter your bloodstream and threaten your overall health.
Making Your Gums Healthy
Patients with Gum Disease often require specialized Gum Treatment. Visit your dentist to find out what is appropriate for your particular case.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
Prevention and Early Detection are your best defences against Gum Disease.
- Brush and floss daily.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Follow your dentist's instructions for any special needs you may have.