Have you Paid Attention to your Gums Lately?

Smile Hand Under ChinUnless you have a problem with too much or not enough gingival tissues, you probably don’t give a whole lot of thought to the purpose of your gums. Cosmetically, your gums are essential to the look of your smile. They frame your grin. Functionally, gums protect the lower parts of your teeth from germs. Periodontal (gum) disease is a prevalent dental health issue. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, wants to help you learn more about your gums so that you might be extra inspired to care well for them. Gums deserve every bit as much attention as your teeth do.

What are Gums For?

Your gums line your teeth mid-way to create a seal so that the roots and dental pulp will not be exposed. Gingival tissues are soft and pliant, and also make up your lips and teeth. Your gums feel different because they are attached to the jawbone underneath them. When gums are healthy, they will appear pink/coral in color. However, you should take note of how your gums normally look.  Dr. Askari will do the same at your dental checkups. This way, when something is amiss, we can team up and recognize it together. Color change is often a red flag that something is wrong with your gums. Swelling and bleeding of your gums should also cause concern.

Keeping Gums Healthy

Avoiding gum disease is simple, yet so many Americans still end up with at least early gum disease (gingivitis). Brushing your teeth twice-a-day and visiting the dentist twice a year for dental cleanings and checkups will help you maintain healthy gums. When plaque is allowed to build up on your teeth, it hardens within 48 hours. Tartar that accumulates at your gumline is full of germs and will cause irritation and inflammation. If gingivitis is ignored, eventually the condition will become more serious. Severe gum disease is called periodontitis and will lead to gum recession and periodontal pockets. Periodontitis is the highest cause of adult tooth loss.

Visit your Farmington Hills Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Askari would love to help you with any comprehensive dental issues. Call your Farmington Hills cosmetic dentist for a consultation at (248) 474-6434. Our 48335 dentist office serves patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.