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How to Tell if You Have Healthy Gums
Most people understand the importance of having healthy gums, but some people do not know how to check to see if they have healthy gums.
It is important to know what to look for when checking your gums or else you might miss an early warning sign. Failure to catch an early problem can have disastrous consequences.
Identifying healthy gums
Although some people often check problems with their teeth, such as sensitivity or cavities, they often overlook their gum health.
The following is everything to know about how to check for healthy gums, including some signs of healthy gums, indicators of gum disease and how to maintain healthy gums long term.
Signs of healthy gums
Various signs point toward healthy gums. In the event these signs are present, there is a good chance your mouth is fine, and you can continue practicing your oral maintenance routine.
Here are the most common signs that point towards healthy gums:
- Gums are pink and soft
- Teeth are strong and well intact
- Jaw alignment is appropriate
- The oral tissue seems alive
- Breath does not have an odor
Most of the time gums that appear to be alive are indeed healthy. If the gums are pink, clean and the tissue is strong, then the gums are more than likely in good condition. Also, checking the jaw alignment and strength of teeth is another way to check for healthy gums.
Signs of gum disease
In the same manner, it is also important to be familiar with the signs of gum disease. Gum disease can affect your entire body, so noticing these indicators early can save you from future problems.
Here are the most prevalent early symptoms of gum disease:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bad breath
Gums that appear abnormal often suggest gum disease. If the gums are red, swollen or bleed while brushing, it is crucial to visit a dentist quickly. Once your gums start to recede, they cannot grow back.
There is good news, however. With prompt treatment, gum disease is reversible.
How to maintain healthy gums
It is important to ensure proper gum care is administered to maintain or restore healthy gums.
First, you need to brush the entire mouth twice each day as well as floss. It would also help to use mouthwash at least once a day.
It is also best to visit the dentist on a regular basis for a checkup and routine cleaning. A dentist can spot any early signs of gum disease and ensure you receive treatment before the symptoms worsen.
How are your gums?
If you see any of the warning signs mentioned above, then you need to act quickly. Please contact us to learn more about proper oral care and take positive steps to correct your gum issues.
We can schedule an appointment to inspect your teeth and gums and create a plan to combat any gum loss.
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