Dental Tips Blog

Nov
24

Why You Can’t Ignore Bleeding Gums

Posted in Gum Disease

If you see pink in the sink, it’s worse than you think!

That may sound a little silly, but it’s true. If you see blood when you brush, that’s usually a sign that you have a serious problem with your gums.

Is Bleeding Normal?

Some people conclude that flossing is pointless and painful because it causes their gums to bleed.

But if you ask those same people, they probably don’t floss everyday!

It’s possible to floss only just enough to hate it. Clean healthy gums should NOT bleed during gentle flossing. When your gums become inflamed from a bacterial infection (gingivitis), they become sensitive to disruptions, like flossing.

But flossing is essential because it removes the bacteria that cause inflammation. So although it may seem counterintuitive, flossing more should help your gums heal and bleed less!

Why You Shouldn’t Wait

Bleeding gums could be a sign of reversible gum inflammation such as gingivitis, or it could indicate a more serious gum condition. In any case, gingivitis can progress to a more serious form of gum disease if it is not treated.

What You Can Do

  • Brush at least twice daily for two minutes at a time
  • Use “antigingivitis” rinses and toothpastes
  • Floss daily
  • Keep regular dental appointments

Schedule a visit with your dentist or dental hygienist as soon as possible. A routine dental examination may be all that’s needed to determine the cause of your bleeding gums. And a professional dental cleaning will get your gums back to a clean slate. Your hygienist will provide you with tailored instructions for reducing gum inflammation and preventing plaque buildup. Call today to schedule your appointment!

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Mar
26

Essential Oils and Oral Health

Posted in Gum Disease

Essential oil use isn’t a new fad. In fact, essential oils have been used in oral care products for years. Some very common over the counter mouthwashes include oils as part of their key active ingredients.

Some dental patients find that using a drop or two of essential oil on their toothbrush, or rinsing with a few drops in a cup of water can greatly affect their oral health as well as give them fresher breath. The effects of the natural oils help kill odor causing bacteria, as well as harmful plaque that leads to gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum disease). Using concentrated essential oils as directed can help you have fresher breath for as long as 2 or 3 hours after using them. Rather than covering up bacteria that causes odors, essential oils help eliminate the bacteria altogether.

Patients that suffer from gingivitis or gum inflammation may find that using essential oils along with a modified brushing technique can reverse the inflammatory process. Patients with orthodontics who experience gingivitis and bleeding and then rinse with an essential oil mouthwash find that areas of bleeding are improved.  Other dental patients can benefit as well, and essential oils can be a part of your comprehensive home oral care plan. Simply adding this ingredient to your toothbrush in the morning can aid in faster gum healing, healthier oral tissues, and fresher breath.

There are products available through retailers, which formulate specific blends of essential oils for home oral hygiene. Some of the common oils that are used depending on specific needs include tea tree, rosemary, lemon, cypress, eucalyptus, mint and lavender. Too much oil could cause irritation or an unpleasant taste, so always use the product as directed.

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center

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