We’ve all experienced bleeding gums, oral malodour and shaky teeth, haven’t we? The gums, and the supporting tissue, are often the unsung heroes of our oral cavity. They support, protect and aid the teeth in best maintaining their function.
Inflammation of the gums is one of the most commonly noted diseases in the dental clinic. The initial symptom is bleeding, spongy gums, but the damage soon extends to the supporting structures as well. Due to the lack of pain, and absence of specific signs of this disease, gum disease is often ignored until perhaps beyond repair. Another unique aspect of the gums is its ability to act as early markers of general health. Gum inflammation can be clinical signs of a myriad of diseases including vitamin deficiencies, cardiovascular health issues, diabetes etc.
This section deals with the common queries regarding gums in health and disease, as well as simple home care tips for improved gum health.