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n. (plural of gum English)


The gums or gingiva (sing. and plur.: gingivae), consist of the mucosal tissue that lies over the mandible and maxilla inside the mouth. Gum health and disease can have an effect on general health.

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How peaceful it was, with the sounds of birds twittering high above, amid the leafy branches of the giant river gums, and the occasional splash of the fish in the river.

On the way late one dry summer afternoon, the family were resting in the shade of the ghost gums in the dry creek bed.

Although large game was scarce they managed to catch a bush turkey, goannas and a few galahs that rested in the river gums along the banks of the creeks.

She proved to them that she could climb the huge river gums along the river as well as anyone.

The three girls watched the swirling currents and the white and brown frothy foam that clung to the trunks of the young river gums and clumps of tea-trees.

Once they had left the flooded river area the three were able to speed up their progress as they stomped over the wet grass on the flats and passed through an open land scape and under giant marri gums with thick trunks covered with grey to brownish-grey flaky bark.

Nearby, grasslands led into a fenced-off area of sandy slopes filled with marri gums, banksia and prickly bark or coastal blackbutt.

The girls descended a hill into a stand of tall flooded river gums and paperbarks and reached the edge of a river and stared at the flowing water.

They tried not to think about the pain as they climbed into their cosy shelter that night amongst the mallee gums, acacia shrubs and York gums, and quietly listened to the sounds of the bush.

After a lunch of grilled steak, damper and tea, the four travellers rested in the cool shade of the river gums until mid-afternoon.

Much of the care needed to prevent decay should be given, not to the teeth themselves directly, but to the gums and the mucous membrane of the whole mouth.

After the acids from the diseased gums have attacked the teeth, the poisons of the germs that breed in the warmth and moisture of the mouth cause the teeth to decay.

Eight times out of ten, if you take care of the gums the teeth will take care of themselves.

These take a still longer time to grow, so that the last four of the full set of thirty-two do not come through the gums until somewhere between our eighteenth and twentieth years.

It is almost impossible to get them strong enough to have any real effect in checking putrefaction of the food or diseases of the gums, without making them too irritating or poisonous.