Gums that are healthy have a certain appearance. Any deviation from this can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.

Red Gums

If you brush your teeth and floss every day but your gums are red and sensitive, it may be a sign of Type II diabetes. Type II diabetes causes can make the glucose content in your saliva high, which is not healthy for your mouth. Saliva high in glucose becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, which can be harmful for dental health. When your oral hygiene is good but you have red, sensitive gums that bleed easily, your dentist may suggest you check with your doctor about diabetes.

Pale Gums

Failing to brush and floss regularly is generally the underlying cause of gingivitis. In addition to turning pale, your gums may also recede. You may experience bleeding when you brush or floss, and your teeth may become loose. However, many people with gingivitis have red, swollen gums.

An iron or B12 deficiency can make you’re the color appear paler than a normal healthy pink. You should check with your doctor about getting tested for anemia. Tiredness, lack of strength, shortness of breath and light-headedness are other symptoms that often go with a B12 or iron deficiency.

What Do Healthy Gums Look Like?

WebMD explains that color of healthy gums can vary from person to person, but typically, the color you want is a medium pink color or darker depending on individual’s ethnic background. There should be no swelling, the tissue should fit snugly around the teeth and have no gaps or pockets. The texture is firm and they don’t bleed during brushing or flossing.

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