Fairly regularly, we hear someone comment, "My gums always bleed", or, "My gums have bled all of my life!" Our response is: "Wow, that's a big deal. You've had that problem all of your life?" I hope that if you thought bleeding gums were a normal thing in the past, you now know that gums should never bleed when you brush or floss them (unless you just accidentally cut them with your dental floss).
The truth of the matter is, not only are gums not supposed to bleed unless injured, they also are supposed to be a light pink shade of color--not hot pink, not red, and not shiny. Some call the color of healthy gum tissue 'coral pink.' (A notable exception to this is that some people with naturally dark skin pigmentation will have melanin pigmentation on their healthy gums.)
Healthy, pink gums enhance the appearance of your smile just as much as whiteness of teeth. It may not be as readily apparent to onlookers exactly what your smile is so attractive, but it is a fundamental way people see your smile as beautiful.
Notwithstanding all the health benefits to having no active gum disease in the mouth, getting pink gums is a great way to create a youthful, sexy smile! If you have noticed your gums are not pink, contact Dr. Okamura to see how we can help you get them looking pink and lovely!