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What Your Gums Say About Your Health

Posted on 3/8/2021 by David Mugford
What Your Gums Say About Your HealthThe color, shape, and texture of your gums can tell a lot about your dental health. In fact, your mouth is usually a window into your overall wellbeing at large.

What Do Healthy Gums Look Like?

Are your gums light to medium pink in color? Do they feel firm to touch? Are you able to brush and floss comfortably without experiencing any pain or bleeding in your gums?
If you answered 'yes' to all three questions, then you have nothing to worry about. Your gums are probably in good shape.
However, if your answer wasn't in affirmative to any of the above questions, you must visit us at The Mugford Center. [[CLIENTEX:DOCNAME1]]] and can check your gums for any underlying infection and give reliable advice for the next best step.

Gums Shifting Away From the Teeth

If your gums are receding, you may have bruxism or sleep apnea.

Bruxism is the habit of grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw too hard, especially while you are asleep. Children can adopt this habit for different reasons. But adults usually do this involuntarily due to high stress levels.

The extra pressure on your teeth and jawbone can lead to gum inflammation. As a result, your gums are likely to start receding. If you cannot identify the cause of your sore gums, have your partner observe you for teeth grinding or clenching when you are sleeping.

Alternatively, gums that appear to be fleeing away from the teeth can signify sleep apnea. This is a respiratory disorder in which your airway tends to block and obstructs breathing. Research shows that at least one in every four people with sleep apnea develop dental problems like sore gums.

Gums That Are Exceptionally Pale

As we mentioned above, healthy gums are usually light pink in color. However, if your gums appear super pale, it can be a sign of anemia. Anemia is a blood disorder marked by low red blood cell count. Iron deficiency is usually the main cause of anemia. If you have really pale gums and also experience fatigue or dizziness, correct your diet immediately. Make sure to consume more iron-rich food items. Some of the best plant sources of iron include beans, lentils, and leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. Red meat and shellfish are also a good food option for fighting iron deficiency.

Gums That Are Constantly Dry

There are a number of factors that can cause dry mouth. However, the most alarming one is Sjogren's syndrome. Sjorgen's syndrome is an autoimmune disease. This means it is caused by your own immune system mistakenly attacking the healthy cells in your body. Persistently dry gums are more prone to disease-causing bacteria that lead to dental problems like gingivitis.

If you are worried about your gum health, get in touch with us now. Call (410) 260-0790 to schedule your appointment today.
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