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gingiva

 [jin-ji´vah, jin´jĭ-vah] (pl. gin´givae) (L.)
the part of the oral mucosa covering the tooth-bearing border of the jaw; called also gum.
Anatomical relationship of normal gingiva in facial view (A) and in cross-section (B). From Darby and Walsh, 1994.
alveolar gingiva attached gingiva.
areolar gingiva the portion attached to the alveolar process by loose areolar connective tissue.
attached gingiva that portion of the gingiva which is firm and resilient and is bound to the underlying cementum and the alveolar bone, thus being immovable. Called also alveolar gingiva.
free gingiva the portion that surrounds the tooth and is not directly attached to the tooth surface.

gin·gi·va

, gen. and pl.

gin·gi·vae

(jin'ji-vă, -vē), [TA] Although the correct pronunciation is gingi'va, the word is often pronounced gin'giva in the U.S.
The dense fibrous tissue and overlying mucous membrane enveloping the alveolar processes of the upper and lower jaws and surrounding the necks of the teeth.
Synonym(s): gum2
[L.]

gingiva

/gin·gi·va/ (jin´jĭ-vah) (jin-ji´vah) pl. gin´givae   [L.] the gum; the mucous membrane, with supporting fibrous tissue, covering the tooth-bearing border of the jaw.gin´gival
alveolar gingiva  the portion covering the alveolar process.
areolar gingiva  the portion attached to the alveolar process by loose areolar connective tissue, lying beyond the keratinized mucosa over the alveolar process.
attached gingiva  the portion that is firm, resilient, and bound to the underlying cementum and alveolar bone.
free gingiva  the portion of the gingiva that surrounds the tooth and is not directly attached to the tooth surface.
marginal gingiva  the portion of the free gingiva localized at the labial, buccal, lingual, and palatal aspects of the teeth; gingival margin.

gingiva

(jĭn′jə-və, jĭn-jī′-)
n. pl. gingi·vae (-vē′)
See gum2.

gingiva

[jinjī′və] pl. gingivae
Etymology: L, gum
the gum tissues of the mouth, consisting of a mucous membrane with supporting fibrous tissue that overlies the crowns of unerupted teeth and encircles the necks of teeth that have erupted. gingival, adj.
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Healthy gingiva

gin·gi·va

, pl. gingivae (jin'ji-vă, -vē) [TA]
The dense fibrous tissue, covered by mucous membrane, that envelops the alveolar processes of the upper and lower jaws and surrounds the necks of the teeth.
Synonym(s): gum (2) .
[L.]

gingiva

The gum.

gin·gi·va

, pl. gingivae (jin'ji-vă, -vē) [TA]
Dense fibrous tissue and overlying mucous membrane enveloping alveolar processes of upper and lower jaws and surrounding necks of teeth.
Synonym(s): gum (1) .
[L.]

gingiva

pl. gingivae [L.] the gum.

alveolar gingiva
the portion overlying the alveolar process and firmly attached to it.
areolar gingiva
the portion attached to the alveolar process by loose areolar connective tissue.
free gingiva
the portion that surrounds the tooth and is not directly attached to the tooth surface.

Patient discussion about gingiva

Q. What are the opportunities to restore gums? My gum on the lower jaw gets less and less, opening the roots of my teeth. Is there any technology or recurement to stop it and, hopefully, draw back?

A. Treatment of receding gums start with treating the cause - improving overall oral hygiene, including brushing habits (too powerful brushing may damage the gums), as well as periodic tooth cleaning at the dentist.

More sever situation may necessitate treatments done by a dentist. Consulting one may be wise.

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1136.htm

Q. Is it dangerous to swallow a bubble gum? My 4 year old child always swallows his chewing gum and I am worried that it can harm him

A. what about when your 45 yrs old and still swallowing gum? we had a debate with my older sister about this.

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