The Importance of Gum Health

When we think of good oral health, we tend to just focus on our teeth. But the truth is that’s only half of the equation. Gum health is just as important because healthy teeth are supported by healthy gums and play a significant role in our overall oral health.

The Signs of Healthy Gums

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Healthy gums are usually a light or coral shade of pink
(Although they may contain other pigments depending on your ethnic origin.)

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Healthy gums are also firm and feel snug around your teeth
forming a tight seal which limits the places where plaque bacteria can grow.

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Most importantly, healthy gums don’t bleed easily

Poor Gum Health

The key to good gum health is proper oral hygiene. If you neglect your gums, you’ll start to notice the effects of plaque buildup. Plaque is the sticky film of bacteria that constantly builds up around, on, and between your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, it can irritate the gums, leading to redness, bleeding, and inflammation. This is also known as gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. You may also experience gum recession—a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your tooth. This allows for more plaque to build up, which can lead to tooth sensitivity.

How to Improve Gum Health

The best way to maintain and improve gum health is to practice good, daily oral hygiene. An optimal oral hygiene routine should include:

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Brushing twice
a day

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Flossing once
a day

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings

Sensodyne Sensitivity & Gum

If you’re dealing with tooth sensitivity and early gum problems, you can treat both issues with one specialized toothpaste. Sensodyne Sensitivity & Gum is a dual action toothpaste that's specifically designed relieve tooth sensitivity and improve gum health at the same time. It works by building a protective layer over the sensitive areas of your teeth, while removing plaque bacteria to help reduce swollen, bleeding gums—two benefits, one toothpaste.