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 color (darker for people with
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 defenses against
Brush and floss daily.
Visit your dentist regularly.
Follow your dentist's instructions for any special needs
you may have.