Gums are the pink tissues which surround our teeth. Healthy gums are uniformly pale pink, and do not bleed easily. The lack of proper oral hygiene results in the accumulation of debris and deposits on tooth (and implant) surfaces and leads to gum disease.

Mild gum disease in its initial stages can be treated with thorough cleaning, which removes accumulated plaque and calculus. Moderate and severe gum diseases require more aggressive cleaning. In some cases gum regeneration is possible.

Gums also affect the appearance of our smile. Some are born with too much gums showing and these can often be recontoured to look more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing. For those affected by gum disease, gaps often appear between teeth due to gum loss. These can be masked using fillings, veneers or crowns.

Gum disease affects more than just our breath or smile. There is some evidence to suggest that poor oral hygiene is associated with an increased risk of developing heart diseases. It also worsens sugar level control especially in patients with diabetes. An adequate home care programme and regular visits for check ups and cleaning is thus an important part of our overall health maintenance programme.

Common Gum Problems



Bleeding gums due to accumulate
of dental plaque

Gaps between Teeth as a result
of severe gum disease




Receding gum due to strong bite forces

Gummy smile as a result of prominent
upper jaw