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Signs of Healthy Gums
Maintaining healthy gums can be challenging at times because they often go unnoticed. People brush and floss their teeth as well as rinse their mouth with mouthwash, but they don’t necessarily have one step that they take in order to care for their gums. It’s important that people brush along the gum lines when brushing their teeth, but other than that being aware of what condition the gums are in is the only other main task in maintaining healthy gums.
It’s extremely necessary to examine the gums regularly in order to ensure that they are in good condition. Incorporating a quick examination of the gums when brushing the teeth each day will be beneficial to the oral health of a person. If they notice anything that doesn’t look normal with their gums, then they can visit the dentist to have it looked at further.
Today, we will go over what healthy gums look like. Knowing the signs of healthy gums will ensure that a person knows what to search for when doing their quick examination.
Signs of healthy gums
Pink in color
Healthy gums should have a flush pink color to them. Chances are the gums should be similar in color to the other parts of the mouth - the inner cheeks, tongue, the roof of the mouth. If the gums are a deeper color than the standard pink, then it may be a sign that they are unhealthy. However, if they are pink in color and don’t have any red or white spots then they are in great shape. Be sure to notice any color changes in the gums.
The gums should always feel firm when touched. Apply a light amount of pressure to each area of the gums, this will tell a person what shape they are in. If the gums feel firm and tight then this will indicate healthy gums. However, if they are soft or mushy to the touch, then the gums may be unhealthy.
Another way to test out the gums would be to use the tongue as a point of reference. Slide the tongue all along the gums and if at any point, it feels soft then it’s time to visit the dentist.
Often when people brush or floss their teeth, the gums may begin to bleed. This happens especially when the brush hits the gum line. During the brushing and flossing process, be sure to pay close attention to the mouth and the spit. Healthy gums will not bleed during the brushing or flossing stages. Unhealthy gums may bleed indicating that there is something wrong.
While the gums are an extremely sensitive part of the mouth, if they are cared for properly a person shouldn’t experience any difficulties in maintaining them. It’s important to know what the signs of healthy gums are to ensure that they remain that way. During your daily dental routine, be sure to examine the gums and ensure that they are pink and firm.
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