Gums are Vital for a Beautiful Smile

Cheerful young woman with a perfect smile.

Everyone wants to display a healthy, white and beautiful smile. But did you know that your gum health is a vital part of maintaining a beautiful smile? Your gums are foundational for helping your teeth stay healthy, protected from bacteria and lasting for your lifetime. Attending to your gum health is just as important as paying attention to the health of your teeth.

Periodontal Diseases

Periodontal disease develops when bacteria are allowed to profligate on your gums surrounding your teeth. An important part of routine bi-annual dental checkups is professional cleaning and inspection of your teeth and gums. The hygienist cleans away persistent tartar and plaque to keep your gums healthy, and the dentist closely inspects your gums for any signs of decay.

Poor oral hygiene and neglecting these professional cleanings are the most common causes of periodontal disease, or diseases of the gums. This progresses in stages from bad to worse, leaving your teeth and overall health in jeopardy. The levels of gum disease are:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced Periodontitis

Left untreated, your gums will swell, bleed and become painful, teeth will loosen and eventually you will lose both gum tissue and teeth.

Caring for Your Gums

Caring for your gums is closely related to caring for your teeth, and involves the same procedures. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding too much sugar, tobacco and other harmful substances is essential. Brush your teeth and gums at least twice daily, if not after every meal. Use a good toothpaste containing fluoride and brush your gums along with your teeth. Using a soft bristled toothbrush is recommended.

Even with the most strenuous home oral hygiene routine, you cannot remove all the tartar and plaque from your teeth. There are simply places you cannot reach with a toothbrush. A professional cleaning two times each year keeps these harmful substances from building up and causing damage to your gum tissue and teeth.

Schedule your appointment for an exam and cleaning at Feather Touch Dental Care on Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. Take good care of your gums for a beautiful smile.

Posted on Behalf of Feather Touch Dental Care

Posted on behalf of Feather Touch Dental Care

1175 Peachtree St NE Ste 1204, Building 100

Atlanta GA 30361


Our Patient Reviews

Feather Touch Dental Care


Based on 367 reviews

Dr. Neil Shah is my kind of dentist. Not the type to lecture. He’s there to help. Just a cool guy. The front desk staff is top notch, and Jan my hygienist is informative and sweet. I’ll never go to a diff dentist. I’m glad I found this place.


I see doctors Shah and Lee. They are patient, personable, and always mindful about comfort levels. Brittany is my hygenist, she is the best! She is friendly, explains the treatment plan well, and is gentle during cleanings.

Ken Crowel

The staff at Feather Touch was very nice, thorough and professional. The office was clean. Dr. Shah was very personable and professional. Zoe the Dental Hygienist was excellent! I would definitely recommended them.

Matthew Levy

Feather Touch Dental

1175 Peachtree St NE Ste 1204, Building 100

Atlanta GA 30361


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Monday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 2:00pm
Thursday 7:00am - 2:00pm
Friday: closed

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