Rate the state of your gums

Gum disease is a very common problem, yet most of the time the individual is unaware that they have a problem with their gums. Healthy gums equal healthy teeth and overall good oral health. But gums that are unhealthy can lead to problems with halitosis, receding gums, gingivitis, and periodontitis.

Early diagnosis and being able to tell whether or not you have a problem with your gums can make a big difference.

Rate your oral health:

Healthy gums:

  • No traces of blood while you are brushing your teeth, flossing, or eating
  • Pink, tight gums
  • Teeth firmly attached to the gum line
  • Gums form high arcs around the teeth

Gingivitis in the early stages:

  • Red gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Regularly spitting blood while brushing your teeth, flossing, or eating

  • Gingivitis:

    • Regular bleeding while brushing your teeth, flossing, or eating
    • Red swollen gums
    • White or yellow deposits of plaque around the gum line
    • Sensitive teeth
    • Receding gums
    • If you notice these symptoms, do not ignore them. Consult your dentist or hygienist for help so that the problem does not worsen.


    • Red, swollen gums
    • Gums bleed without being touched
    • Teeth look long, especially where the gum has receded
    • These symptoms should not be ignored. If your gums show these signs, you should consult your dentist or hygienist.

    Minor Ulcer:

    • Round or oval shaped ulcer
    • 2-8 mm in diameter
    • White, yellow, or grey in colour
    • Normally heals naturally in 10-14 days
    • If you have a regular ulcer and notice it is growing more painful and inflamed, lasts for longer than 3 weeks, or is recurring regularly visit your doctor for treatment

    Major Ulcer:

    • Larger than a minor ulcer
    • About 1 cm in diameter
    • Raised or irregular borders
    • Normally heals after several weeks

    Herpetiform Ulcer:

    • Multiple pinhead sores (can be up to 100 in number)
    • Sores may blend together to form a large sore
    • Extreme pain and discomfort