Dr. Gillis Describes What Our Gums Would Like to Say to Us!“Gums don’t complain much, even when we are infected! Can you see the soft looking white stuff between the lower teeth. That is a lot of bacteria and debris here. Bacteria like to live between your teeth and under your gums.”
This continues to be your gums talking to YOU! “Could you give me about five minutes of your time? You shouldn’t neglect me even though I don’t protest. When I bleed I don’t really hurt you, but it is not normal for me, your gums, to bleed! I am really like skin but inside your mouth. Do you want your skin to bleed? Brushing and flossing help remove the debris that is accumulating all the time. The bone below me, your gums, doesn’t talk much either. But those darn bacteria ‘peeing’ below your gums actually cause bone destruction and open up even more places for bacteria to hide below your gums continuing the process.”
“Back to the 5 minutes per day that I, your gums, am asking for: What I would like is for you to show focused attention to brushing all areas of the teeth, mouth and gums at least twice per day and flossing or using an inter dental device (water pic, sulca brush, hydro floss or comparable) at least once per day!”
“This bone doesn’t complain much either, but once it is gone – it is probably gone for good. I, your gums, can actually heal given the right treatment.”
If you don’t know exactly what to do or how to take care of me, your gums, then please ask your dentist (our office!) or your dental hygienist who you should be seeing both regularly! Our office would be happy to help you become aware of the condition of your mouth -all the good, all the bad – and offer options to get you as healthy as possible. Your gums and you will be happy you have taken the responsibility for this!