We tend to think a little more about the color and health of our teeth. But your gums are just as important to pay attention to.
Is This Normal?
Gum color is determined in the same way your skin color is: genetics and melanin.
Gingival tissues range in hues from light pink to coral pink to tan to dark brown. Your gum color is probably similar to that of your parents’ since it’s hereditary. It’s not uncommon for some individuals to have a mix of colors. Yes, some people even have freckles on their gums!
Just because your gums don’t look exactly like the bright pink ones on the toothpaste package doesn’t mean that they aren’t healthy and beautiful, too.
The Color You DON’T Want to See
A strong hint of red in your gum tissue is usually a bad sign. It indicates that your gums are irritated and inflamed with bacteria. You may have gingivitis or gum disease that requires gum treatment. When plaque builds up in one area for too long, your gums react by causing their blood vessels to swell. This results in puffy red gums that are prone to bleeding. Blue or purple tissue is even worse!
How to Change the Color of Your Gums
If your gums are naturally dark-hued, it’s possible to get them lightened. Some dentists and gum specialists offer gum-bleaching procedures. A few people choose to lighten their gums simply because they prefer the look of white teeth against pink gums.
What can you do about gum inflammation? Visit your local dentist for a gum health assessment. A professional dental cleaning and some flossing tips will have your gum color back to normal again.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue, and is easily reversed. Most people experience this type of gum infection at least once in their lives. Sometimes, there are no apparent symptoms, so no one knows they have gingivitis. In other cases, people notice bleeding from their gums when they brush, or report that their gums feel a little sore. Regardless, everyone will benefit from learning about this common disease and how to fight it.
Your mouth is home to a variety of bacteria. Some bacteria can irritate the gums, if left undisturbed for even a brief period of time. The harmful bacteria multiply and gather into a substance called plaque, which also contains remnants of food. This plaque causes the gum infection. Plaque left on the teeth turns into tartar, within a matter of days. The tartar is also an irritant to gums, and provides a place for bacteria to stick to.
How to Reverse the Process
Gingivitis can be reversed simply by making some improvements in the way you care for your mouth:
Within two weeks of following the routine listed above, you should see reduced signs of gingivitis.
Go to the Dentist!
Even though you may have eliminated gingivitis once, it will come back, if you slack off. And don’t forget to maintain a consistent schedule of professional cleanings at your local dentist office to have tartar buildup removed on a regular basis.
Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
Gingivitis, gum disease and periodontitis can often become confused one for another. Since our gingival health has a huge impact on the lifespan of our smiles, understanding gingivitis and gum disease is extremely important.
All forms of gum disease start out as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of gum tissues, usually along the gumlines. Symptoms include soreness, tenderness, bleeding, swelling and sometimes even an “itchy” sensation. It is caused by plaque biofilm from buildup up along the gumlines without being thoroughly removed each day. As a result, an inflammatory response is triggered and the body treats the bacterial deposits as if they were an infection inside of the mouth.
Thankfully gingivitis can be completely reversed through dedicated brushing and flossing. When the teeth are thoroughly cleaned between and along the gumlines, gingivitis usually reverses within two weeks.
If gingivitis is not controlled, the condition becomes more serious and invasive. Gum disease (also called periodontal disease or periodontitis) then develops. Symptoms of gum disease include the detachment of gum tissues from the tooth surfaces, followed by bone loss, tooth mobility and ultimately complete tooth loss. Deep pockets develop under the gums, making oral hygiene difficult to maintain. At this point, professional therapy is necessary to eliminate the infection and encourage tissue reattachment.
Regular preventive care appointments can help you avoid gum disease and permanent tooth loss. Most people benefit from a preventive cleaning and periodontal evaluation every 6 months, but people with gum disease may need to have a therapeutic cleaning as frequently as every 3 to 4 months. If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, see your dentist right away.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth caused by plaque build up on the teeth and gums. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease, and thus, should not be ignored when it appears in the mouth. Almost everyone will experience gingivitis at some point in his/her mouth. The good thing about gingivitis is that it is easy to treat when caught in its early stage. Classic symptoms of gingivitis are red, swollen, and tender gums that may bleed while brushing the teeth. Often, people have receding gums from gingivitis that make the teeth appear elongated.
Gingivitis is typically caused when people do not floss their teeth on a daily basis. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth that a toothbrush can not get to. When people choose not to floss, they are leaving plaque between the teeth that damages the gums and can eventually lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss. Contrary to what many people believe, flossing should not be painful and it should not cause the gums to bleed. Healthy gums are firm, light pink in color, and do not bleed – even when pushed or poked. People who have bleeding gums while flossing are simply not flossing enough. Irritated gums bleed, healthy gums do not.
Proper flossing, brushing the teeth, and visiting the dentist on a regular basis all work together to promote optimal oral health. Gingivitis does not form in healthy mouths, but it does form in mouths that are overrun with plaque. Good oral hygiene is essential to preventing gingivitis, and that is something you have control over.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
Gingivitis and gum disease…what’s the difference? Is there a difference? Yes. A tremendous one. A difference so big that it may depend whether or not you keep your teeth!
Gingivitis is simply mild inflammation of the gums, resulting from the presence of plaque or inadequate oral hygiene. Clinically, the inflammation is mild to moderate, located along the edge of the gumlines, and may also have bleeding during brushing or flossing. The most important part about gingivitis is that it can be completely reversed and does not result in any permanent, long-term damage unless it progresses into gum disease. Simple gingivitis can be reversed within 10-14 days with proper brushing and flossing.
Gum disease (“periodontal disease”) is when gingivitis has not been reversed and continues to worsen into a condition that damages the attachment tissues around the teeth. That means pockets develop underneath detached gum tissue, and bone levels around the teeth are lost. Gum disease is irreversible. It is treatable with periodontal therapy, but lost bone cannot be reversed. That’s what makes gum disease the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in this country. Symptoms include chronic swelling, bleeding, bad breath, visible tartar, gum recession, and tooth mobility.
Professional dental care is needed to remove disease-causing bacteria in deep gum pockets, and maintain a healthy environment that prevents further bone loss from occurring. Additional home hygiene aids are needed to access areas that cannot be cleaned with regular brushing or flossing. Active gum disease is also shown to spread oral bacteria throughout the body, increasing the risk of systemic health problems like cardiovascular diseases.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Dan Myers, Cosmetic Dentistry Center
Gingivitis, gum disease, periodontal disease…what difference does it all make? All of the lingo can be a little overwhelming and quite frankly just blur together for some people. The fact is, there’s actually a very big difference between gingivitis and gum disease (technically called periodontal disease)…one that can result in the loss of your teeth.
Mild gum inflammation and small amounts of bleeding are symptoms of gingivitis. Gingivitis is when the marginal gum tissue around your teeth becomes irritated due to plaque biofilm just under the gums and between the teeth. You can compare it to a wound that isn’t cared for, and how your body’s immune system would respond with swelling and redness.
Untreated gingivitis eventually progresses into periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition that involves gum tissue that becomes detached from your tooth, also causing your supporting bone to be destroyed. When gum disease treatments aren’t performed, the condition continues to worsen and will eventually cause the teeth to get loose and then fall out. The condition is also linked with systemic health diseases, due to the bacteria traveling through the bloodstream into other areas of the body, such as the heart or to an unborn infant.
Thankfully, gingivitis is completely reversible and moderate gum disease can typically be managed. Routine dental care can help you get your oral health back under control by removing the deep, calcified bacteria under your gums. See your dentist at least twice each year for preventive care and gum disease screenings.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
It is well known that gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene, and that left unchecked, gum disease leads to the loss of teeth. However, gum disease affects much more than our oral health. The health of our gums is directly linked to the overall health of our entire body.
Gingivitis, the deterioration of the gums, has now been associated with heart disease and stroke. Some may scoff at this proclamation, not understanding the connection. The issue here is inflammation; that periodontal disease, and the bacteria that inhabits the mouth, may be the catalyst that sets into motion the chain reaction of inflammatory markers in other areas of our body such as the heart.
As in other physical concerns, diet plays a role here as well. Refined sugar from processed foods, sweets and white flour, will not only hurt your teeth and gums but are also hard on the body’s defenses against bacteria. Bacteria flourish in this high-sugar environment, and bacteria leads to inflammation. As more research and information come to light, it is evident that we must maintain our oral health in order to prevent other chronic conditions.
In addition to flossing and brushing twice a day, regular dental cleanings is a key factor in preventing gum disease. If you smoke, stop. Smoking is a leading cause of gum disease and tooth loss. Your dentist can assist you in maintaining a healthy habit of good oral hygiene. With routinely scheduled checkups, any changes to your teeth, gums or tongue will be quickly noticed and potential problems treated before they can compromise your oral health. You, in partnership with your trusted dental professionals, can safeguard your overall health through good dental care.
Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott
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