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Side view of a tooth with visible gums, or gingiva

The gums are the mucosal tissue that lies over the alveolar bone. They are also called gingiva. They surround the teeth and provide a seal around them.

About of healthy gums[change | change source]

Color[change | change source]

Healthy gums are usually "coral pink." Other colors like red, white, and blue can mean there is a problem. Red gums mean that the patient has gingivitis, or the inflammation of the gum.

Shape[change | change source]

Healthy gums fill and fit each space between teeth.

Texture[change | change source]

Healthy gums are firm and do not move very much.

Reaction to disturbance[change | change source]

Healthy gums usually have no reaction to normal disturbance such as brushing.

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