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Pretty in Pink: The Sign of Healthy Gums

I don’t think it would be an overstatement to say that gum health is the foundation to one’s overall oral health. Gum tissues act as the tattletales, if you will, of all homecare activities, or the lack there of. Without good gum health, bone loss can occur, followed by tooth loss, or in other words periodontal disease.  Unfortunately, nearly 50% of the population suffers from some level of gum disease, which is a decrease of the estimated 80-90% infected when I began my career as a dental hygienist in the early 80’s. I’m dating myself with this admission, but so is the title of this blog so I might as well own it! (Oh how I loved Andrew McCarthy in the 80’s) Well, this brings us to the incredibly important topic of home care habits and keeping our gum tissue in the PINK!

Pink tissue that is tightly wrapped around the tooth is the description of healthy gums that are void of inflammation or infection. Gum tissue that is brighter pink, red, or bluish-purple in color, puffy in appearan…