Gums, medically termed as Gingiva, comprises the mucosal tissue which lies over the alveolar bone, the thickened bone ridge containing the tooth sockets bearing teeth. Gums form a part of the mouth’s soft tissue lining that surrounds the teeth and seals them up. They are tightly bound to the main bone that resists the friction of food passing through them, as compared to the soft tissue linings of the cheeks and lips. Healthy gums appear coral pink in color, but might consist of physiologic pigmentation. Any change in color like more redness coupled with edema, and further tendency to bleed, indicates a swelling because of bacterial plaque accumulation.

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