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Maintaining healthy and strong gums is an important part of your oral health. Gums act as a concrete that holds all of your teeth together and protects their roots, and if they are damaged, it can permanently damage your teeth and also spread to other tissue in your mouth. It is essential to fully care for your gums, so we created a guide to gum care that will help you retain good gum health.

So what do healthy gums look like? There are specific characteristics to strong and stable gum tissue. For many patients, healthy gums are typically a coral pink or a darker color of this hue, but, depending on ethnicity and genetics, this can change, so ask our dentists, Drs. Farmer and Farmer, what color your gums should be. Gums should not be swollen or inflamed, but flat and comfortable with pressure. They should snugly curve around every tooth.

Gum health can be easily determined by thorough flossing. When they are unhealthy, flossing may hurt, swell, and cause bleeding. Healthy gums, though, will not swell or bleed. To treat infected gums, you can make an appointment with Houston smiledocs by calling 713.784.6855. Drs. Farmer and Farmer will diagnose the exact problem, and help you find a treatment method.

The best option to treat gum diseases, though, is to never have any. You can avoid infections in your gum tissue by following these tips:

— Correct Brushing — When brushing your teeth, it is important to clean your gums as well. Scrub at a 45-degree angle at your gum line in order to clean the crevices between your teeth and gums. Also, it is good to scrub the upper and lower gums.

Toothbrushes with soft and thin bristles will give you the best cleaning under the gumline.

— Healthy Flossing — When brushing your teeth, it is important to floss between every tooth and wiggle the floss, moving up and down, while doing it.

— Come into our practice — Biannual check-ups are critical for your gum health. Make sure to come into our Houston, Texas, office so the dentist can clean and inspect your gums.

So keep those gums healthy, strong, and clean, and if you have any questions, you can contact our practice by calling 713.784.6855.