Imagine your teeth being a beautiful painting, then the gums would be the frame around it. This means that a nice healthy frame will make your smile look even better. It is therefore important to make sure that your gums are healthy so as to support and bring out your beautiful smile. That is achieved by brushing efficiently your teeth which not only ensures that your teeth are healthy but your gums as well.
What do healthy gums look like?
Healthy gums are well defined and pink. You should know however that the shade of healthy gums can vary according to the ethnic background and skin tone.
What happens if I have a gum condition?
Gum disease also known as gingivitis is a condition affecting the gums and if left untreated can progress to periodontitis which involves the bone supporting the teeth. An untreated gum condition can have detrimental effects to your smile causing recession of the gums and destruction of the supporting bone which can lead to loosening of teeth and eventually tooth loss.
How do I know I have a gum condition?
Early gum conditions are caused by the accumulation of plaque on teeth and therefore bacteria building up in the mouth.
What you may notice is:
Easily bleeding gums
Tender, red and/or swollen gums
It is important to know that systemic changes, such as pregnancy, diabetes, stress and some medications can make a person more susceptible to gum conditions.
What can I do to prevent or treat this condition?
The most important role in preventing and/or treating gum conditions is played by you as you are the one making sure that the plaque is adequately removed with brushing, leaving the gums free of bacteria, healthy and pink. In addition to your brushing, regular professional cleanings are essential. At Artiste Studios - L'Orthodontiste our Diamond Clean will give you a brighter, fresher smile. If you find cleaning an intimidating experience rest assured that your dentist at Artiste Studios – L’Orthodontiste will make sure that your experience is pleasant, relaxing and gentle.
If you think you may have a gum condition or would like a fresher breath, don’t hesitate to contact us at Artiste Studios – L’Orthodontiste. We will be more than happy to examine your teeth so as to customise a treatment plan that will best suit you, give you oral hygiene advice and eventually your healthy framed smile back.