Keeping your gums healthy is important for keeping your teeth all your life. The goal is to have light pink gums that are firm and flat against your teeth and do not bleed. The best way to achieve this is by flossing at least once a day, brushing twice a day (preferably with a Sonicare electric toothbrush), and having regular professional cleanings.

When your gums become red and inflamed due to plaque and tartar formation, they get puffy and pull away from your teeth, allowing for more bacteria to adhere to the sides of your teeth and hide under your gums. If not removed properly and regularly, this bacteria can cause recession and bone loss, causing premature tooth loss.

During checkup appointments, your hygienist will measure and monitor your gums to determine together with your dentist whether a consult with our in-house specialist (periodontist) is advised.

A periodontist may recommend procedures such as gum grafts for severe recession, bone grafts for future implants, or osseous surgery to reduce deep pocketing. Whatever the case may be, we will make sure to give you the best information we have so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

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