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Your gums are the puffy, pink tissues that surround your teeth and their roots. They are essential parts of your smile and oral health, and it’s very important to do everything you can to keep them in tip-top shape. Our dentist, Dr. Mark L. Pitel, would like to tell you all about oral tissues so you can care for them properly and so you can know all about them. To do so, he is happy to share the following facts about gums:

-Your gums are the soft tissue that lines the mouth and surround the teeth. They make your smile attractive and they create a seal around the teeth that protects the delicate nerves from bacteria and disease.

-You should clean your gums every day. To do so, you can brush your smile every morning and night and you can floss daily. As you do these things, be gentle but thorough. Your gums should never bleed while brushing and flossing.

-Your gums can be damaged easily, which is why it’s important to use the proper oral hygiene tools, like a soft-bristled toothbrush, a gentle toothpaste and easy-to-use floss. If you brush and floss too vigorously, it can damage and irritate the gums, making them pull back from the teeth.

-Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue. In fact, it’s one of the most destructive dental issues in the world today. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth and gum line. It’s important to prevent this disease by keeping up with oral hygiene and attending your dental check-ups regularly.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about oral tissues in Poughkeepsie, New York, please call 845-454-0790 now. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you need!