Do Gums Grow Back?
A healthy mouth means having healthy teeth AND healthy gums! Infected gums can harm your oral and overall health. What exactly are gums, what is the proper way to care for them, and what happens if they recede?
What Are Gums?
Gums are made of connective tissue, and their main purpose is to protect the roots of your teeth. Without gums, the sensitive portion of your teeth tucked inside your gums would be in constant contact with bad bacteria!
Can My Gums Grow Back?
Just like your teeth, your gums harbor harmful plaque and bacteria (especially below the gumline) that needs to be brushed, flossed, and washed away daily. Poor oral hygiene leads to gum inflammation, infection, and recession due to plaque, tartar, and tooth decay. These issues are cause for concern because gums don’t grow back! Once they’re gone, the don’t regenerate.
How Do I Care for My Gums?
Daily brushing and flossing prevent the progression of gum recession and disease. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush using light, gentle circles so that you don’t cause any harm to your gums. Gently floss to remove bacteria from under the gumline. Not flossing can lead to inflamed, infected, bleeding, and painful gums, which are early signs of gingivitis, the beginning stage of gum disease. If left untreated, early-stage gum disease will develop into advanced periodontitis, in which bacteria grows all the way down into the roots of your teeth, resulting in extensive tooth decay, infection, and possible tooth loss!
What Should I Do if My Gums Look Abnormal?
If your gums are not thick and bright pink, come see Dr. Orr as soon as possible. During your visit, she will perform a thorough examination of your gums and make notes of where your gums look inflamed and receded. Protect your gums from advancing into painful and debilitating gum disease by visiting our office every six months for thorough cleanings and checkups, brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing every day, and rinsing with an anti-plaque/anti-gingivitis mouthwash.
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