Dental Tips Blog

May
25

How Braces Affect Your Gums: The Good and the Bad

Posted in Braces

What should you do to keep your gums healthy while wearing braces?

Brush, Brush, Brush!

Your dentist and orthodontist can’t stress enough how important it is to brush your teeth frequently! Brackets are quick to collect plaque and food debris. You need to brush from all angles to make sure your orthodontia stays bacteria-free.

Some patients love to use a powered toothbrush or water flosser to blast away gum-irritating debris. It’s recommended to brush after each meal when wearing braces.

If you don’t brush (and floss and rinse) properly with braces, your gums will quickly react. All that gunk will cause them to get puffy and red. You might notice your gums swelling to the point that they start growing over the brackets. That’s a sign you need a dental checkup.

Braces and Gum Recession

Yes, braces have been known to cause a little gum recession, in some areas. It could be the result of tension on the teeth as they move into proper position. Or it could be your gums’ response to the presence of a bracket and dental plaque.

Your dentist or orthodontist can help you fight and slow down gum recession by giving you some helpful tips.

How Braces Help Your Gums

Crooked teeth are notorious for trapping gum disease-causing germs. It’s very hard to properly clean out those areas between overlapping teeth. By straightening out your teeth, you make it easier to remove plaque and tartar buildup. This reduces your chances for developing periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease that results in tooth loss.

How are your gums handling braces? Visit your local dentist for a gum evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

Jan
25

Can Braces Improve Your Gum Health?

Posted in Braces

Braces do far more than just straighten out your teeth. Their benefits extend to the rest of your mouth, as well.

How Braces Help Gums

Crooked teeth are significant factors when it comes to problems such as:

  • Gum recession
  • Plaque accumulation
  • Bad breath
  • Stain
  • Gum inflammation

This is all because teeth in healthy alignment are meant to repel bacterial buildup. Your tongue and lips play an important role in keeping your teeth clean. They only work well when your smile is nice and even. Crooked teeth miss out on this cleansing action which makes it easy for buildup to accumulate around them.

It may take a little time, but braces guide your teeth into a more natural and comfortable alignment that your gums will love. It’s worth the wait!

Your gums are not only prone to infection from plaque trapped by crooked teeth, they can also be stressed by the teeth. Gum tissue is strong and complex, but it’s also thin and sensitive. A little too much tension from a tooth out of alignment can encourage the gums to recede away from your smile line.

Improved Oral Hygiene

Have you ever tried to brush around twisted teeth or floss between areas that are tightly overlapped?

Braces improve the spacing throughout your smile. Spaced-out teeth are easier to keep clean. Flossing won’t be an annoying chore and your brushing will be much more effective. With improved oral hygiene comes improved gum health. You can even hope to avoid serious issues like periodontal disease.

If you’re thinking about getting braces, don’t forget about the added health perks for your gums. Ask your dentist about all the ways braces can benefit your oral health and revolutionize your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

Jan
6

The Role of Vitamin C in Gum Health

Posted in Gum Disease

Ever thought about why people typically recommend orange juice in times of sickness?

You probably know that all of that vitamin C empowers your immune system to fight whatever it is that’s weakening your body.

As early as the 18th century, a naval captain experimented with various techniques for preventing “scurvy” among his crew. It was gradually understood that lemons could help prevent “scurvy,” a potentially deadly disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C.

We now know that lemons are very high in vitamin C…so, what does this mean for our gum health today?

Vitamin C is found in plants like strawberries, citrus fruits, and pineapple. It’s actually contained in many fresh fruits and vegetables. This vitamin has properties that help boost the immune system, strengthening the body to fight off diseases and pathogens.

Being a part of your body, your gums are no exception. Gums are prone to infection caused by bad bacteria found in most people’s mouth. These bacteria will irritate and inflame the gums if they are allowed to accumulate.

The best way to keep your gums healthy and avoid gum disease is by making sure they are clean! Daily brushing and flossing will keep harmful dental plaque at bay. But a healthy dose of vitamin C will also give your body a competitive edge over a potential infection.

Severe gum inflammation and poor healing in the mouth can actually be signs of poor nutrition, including a deficiency of vitamin C.

Talk with your doctor first if you think you may need a vitamin C supplement. Then, stay on top of your gum health by scheduling regular exams with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

Jun
25

3 Reasons You Should Take Care of Your Gums

Posted in Periodontics

Your teeth aren’t the only things you should be worried about – your gums also need attention. Here are three reasons you should show your gums a little appreciation!

1. Gums Protect Teeth

Your gums keep harmful bacteria from infiltrating the sensitive roots of teeth. Beneath the outer layer of gum tissue is a network of ligaments that help secure your teeth in their sockets. You have these ligaments to thank for giving your teeth some shock absorbency!

2. Diseased Gums Ruin Your Smile

Many people feel that a smile full of decayed and dirty teeth is not an attractive one. Diseased gums can be just as unattractive! Gum disease results in puffy and reddened gums, recession around teeth, and even an offensive smell.

3. Gum Health is Linked to Overall Health

Did you know that the health of your gums could affect the rest of your body?

Your gums reflect the state of your immune system. If you struggle with a condition or illness that weakens your immune defenses (such as diabetes), chances are that you will have to put a little more effort into keeping your teeth and gums clean. Otherwise, your gums could quickly succumb to infection.

Gums that are constantly fighting bacteria will put a toll on your immune system. Neglecting you gum health could increase the risk of developing other health complications such as cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Take Action Now to Save Your Gums

Your dental hygienist at your local dental office will explain some of the best ways you can maintain healthy gums. Visit your dentist regularly for professional examinations and cleanings. A healthier smile starts today!

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

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