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A Closer Look

The Truth About Gums

GUMS. That certainly sounds like an exciting topic. But did you know that if your gums aren’t healthy, then you aren’t either? Really. Gum disease (or periodontal disease), can contribute to all kinds of health problems, such as diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and even cancer. The US Surgeon General recently reported that 80% of this country’s population has some form of gum disease.

Sure you brush your teeth regularly. You probably even floss…. occasionally.

And you probably have seen a little bleeding after one or both. Guess what? You just might have some form of gum disease.

Did we get your attention? Yup, chances are you have it. Now what do you do? Arm yourself with information, that’s what.

What Constitutes Healthy Gums?

Healthy gums are an important foundation to good oral health. Here are some of the characteristics of healthy gums.

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Color

Healthy gums are coral pink or a darker hue of pink. Gum issue that is inflamed is often red in color. This is usually a sign of gums with gum disease.

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Feel

Healthy gums are natural and snug around your teeth. Gums should be firm around your teeth, not loose.

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Tightness

Gums should be firm and adhere closely to the teeth.

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Additional Characteristics

Healthy gums have a gingival sulcus that is 3mm or less in depth. They should fit in the spaces in-between teeth.

The Signs of Early Stage Gum Disease-Gingivitis

Gums of Steel: The Signs of Early Stage Gum Disease-Gingivitis
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Red, swollen gums

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Gums seem to cover more of the tooth

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Pain is not usually present

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Gums may not be very red. Increased collagen fibers may fill in the gaps

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Gingivitis may be localized or in the entire mouth

The Signs of Advanced Stage Gum Disease-Periodontitis

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Bluish gum tissue

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Gums that are shiny in appearance

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Foul odor

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Bleeding and pus

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Light pink gums that have a leather texture

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Receding gum line: More of the tooth is being exposed at the root

The Signs of Advanced Stage Gum Disease-Periodontitis

Patients

As a patient, you deserve to know the truth about your gums and how they affect your body. Keep reading to learn how your gums play a role in your overall health.

Continue Reading About Your Gums

Dentists

Are you a dentist interested in adding the Gums of Steel protocol to your practice? Get an introduction to Gums of Steel and how you can offer it to your patients.

Read our Introduction to GOS