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Gingiva (Gums)

Medically reviewed by: Stephanie Curreli, MD, PhD
Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016

Gingiva, commonly called the gum, is the soft tissue that covers and protects the root of the tooth. The gum is not attached to the tooth. Continuously, instead, between the tooth and the area around the tooth is a shallow v-shaped groove called the sulcus.