Sore Gums : WHAT’S THE STORY?
What colour are healthy gums as opposed to tender gums?
Healthy gums should look firm and pink, although they may be a shade darker at the sides of the mouth or a shade lighter around the teeth themselves. And don’t forget that some people’s gums may just naturally be a lighter or darker pink to begin with.
What does gingivitis look like? I have sore gums.
Gingivitis – the clinical name for a mild form of gum disease – typically has one or more of the following symptoms and signs: 1) Swollen, bright red gums that bleed easily, especially after brushing or flossing; 2) Gums that no longer sit snugly against the teeth and appear to be pulling away; 3) Persistent bad breath (also called halitosis) or a bad taste in the mouth.
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Why do my gums look white?
If your gums appear white, this is most likely down to plaque build-up along the gum line. Dental plaque is a film of sticky bacteria that can form on, around or between your teeth after you eat or drink anything. If this plaque isn’t removed through twice-daily brushing and flossing as well as regular professional dental cleaning, it can cause bad breath in the short term, or gum disease, tooth decay or even tooth loss in the medium to long term.
How can I prevent my teeth from falling out?
To stop your teeth falling out, you need to not only look after your teeth but also your gums, so that they remain strong enough to hold your teeth in place. As part of your daily teeth-cleaning routine, you should brush your teeth as well as your gums twice a day using a soft brush and also clean between your teeth – using dental floss, interdental brushes or a water flosser – once a day.
Is gum recession reversible? Can I treat my sore gums?
Unfortunately not. If your gums have pulled away from your teeth, exposing their delicate roots, the gum tissue will not grow back or repair itself. Whilst you’re not automatically at greater risk of gum disease if you have mild gum recession, you should nevertheless take extra care of your teeth and gums and go for regular descaling to help protect them.