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The gingiva, or gums, consist of the tissue surrounding the roots of the teeth and covering the jawbone. Healthy, normal gingiva will be colored pink or pale red, with teeth firmly in their sockets. Improper or insufficient oral hygiene can lead to many gum disorders, including gingivitis or periodontal disease.


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Gum Disease: End periodontal disease (1041 words)
My gums had dark red streaks running from the bottom of the gums up to my teeth and my gums hurt almost all the time.
Gum disease affects the tissues that surround and support your teeth.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth.
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Gum is eliminated as human waste in the same way — and at the same rate — as any other swallowed matter.
About 15% to 30% of chewing gum is gum base, a natural or synthetic indigestible rubbery substance that makes the treat resilient to hours of jawing.
Sorbitol and mannitol add sweetness to sugarless gum, and mannitol is often used to dust the gum, along with starch.
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