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Gum Health Basics

Posted by Dawkins Family Dental on Jan 17 2022, 10:39 PM

Gums are the softest tissue in the mouth. Gums are the barrier between the bone and the outside world; when they get infected by any means, so does the bone. You can get in touch with Dawkins Family Dental for more information regarding your gum health.


The health of your gums is connected with your overall oral wellness. Gum infection starts with plaque, a sticky coat that contains bacteria. If plaque is not removed daily it will change into tartar. Bacteria in tartar produce acid that infects the tooth enamel and affects the gums, causing an inflammation called gingivitis. This is easily treatable with good habits and seeing your dentist. 


It is an advanced form of gum infection. It attacks the bones that hold your teeth in place. Left untreated, periodontitis could damage your gums, bones, and tissues surrounded by your teeth. Swollen, tender, and/or red gums are indications of Periodontitis. Consult a Dentist if you see such symptoms in order to clean the pockets around the tooth. In grave instances, they may suggest surgery as well. 

Symptoms of Gum Infections

Keeping your gums healthy isn’t that hard; good oral habits can ensure it. If you notice any symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist and professionally remove the tartar.

  • Blood in your spittle while you brush or floss your teeth.
  • Color change in your gums. Usually, healthy gums range from medium pink to light brown.
  • Exposed roots of a tooth
  • Frequent bad taste or breath
  • Swollen, red, or tender gums
  • The gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Separated or loosened permanent teeth

Prevention Tips to Keep Your Gum Healthy

Gum disease is preventable, particularly when it is diagnosed in its earliest stages. However, people with more advanced gum disease can still be diagnosed and their symptoms treated. 

  • Floss regularly to remove the plaque
  • Get a professional dental cleaning
  • Quit smoking
  • Brush twice a day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Use a therapeutic mouthwash

In conclusion, dental health is important, and with proper care, you can avoid such gum-related problems. 

See your dentist now and get all the necessary steps to save your teeth. At Dawkins Family Dental, we can provide a complete solution for every dental issue. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 662.234.5725 or email us at [email protected] Visit us at 440 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655.

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