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Jul
25

How to Handle Bleeding Gums

Posted in Gum Disease

A high percentage of dental patients complain of their gums bleeding when they floss or brush. This in turn discourages them from flossing on a routine basis, or brushing the plaque away from their gumlines. As a result, the remaining bacteria cause the area to remain swollen and red. When cleaned, these areas will bleed until the condition of gingivitis has been reversed.

If you’re only experiencing gingivitis, then revamped oral hygiene can eliminate most bleeding within 2 weeks. This means that the toothbrush should be angled toward the margin of the gumlines, brushing away bacteria from under the edge of the gum pocket. Flossing is also key to cleaning the areas under the gums that are between teeth; floss by wrapping the strand in a “c” shape around each tooth, gently gliding it up and down several times under the gums. Similar to cleaning an infected wound, oral hygiene takes several days to produce visible results such as eliminating bleeding. In most cases bleeding should stop within 2 weeks.

If gingivitis is allowed to progress, bone loss occurs. This condition, know as periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Chronically inflamed gums that bleed during normal oral hygiene practices may be a sign that you are experiencing severe gum disease. Periodontal therapy can help remove calcified bacterial deposits and allow you to again gain control over the health of your mouth. Bad breath, tartar buildup, discolored gums and exposed roots are signs of advanced gum disease. Oral hygiene alone cannot reverse this condition, but combined with therapeutic cleanings it can help the area to once again become free of infection.

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Jul
11

3 Reasons Food Traps Between the Teeth

Posted in Gum Disease

For some people, getting food trapped between certain teeth after every meal is just a normal part of life. They find that keeping a toothpick or floss handy in their handbag or desk is a necessity. If it weren’t for food packing in this area, they might not ever floss. Instead, they floss several times each day in order to avoid discomfort, bad breath and gum irritation.

Periodontal Disease

As gingivitis turns into active gum disease (periodontitis), it causes the gums to detach from the tooth, creep farther away, and destroy supporting bone structure around the tooth. As a result, large triangular spaces are left between the teeth and gums. These areas almost always collect food. When periodontal disease isn’t controlled through regular maintenance and oral hygiene, the area will continue to worsen and can lead to loss of your teeth.

Overhangs

An overhang is a portion of a filling that extends out past or above where it should. Overhangs are usually evident on x-rays as white areas jetting out from the sides of the tooth, near the edge of the filling. This area catches food, plaque and bacteria on a routine basis, and will make the area experience chronic gingivitis symptoms until your dentist corrects it.

Cavities

Decay can cause holes in the sides of the teeth, or in the chewing surfaces. Large areas of decay are known for holding large amounts of food debris after every meal. It can also cause bad breath, as this debris is sometimes impossible to remove adequately with flossing or brushing. For best results, the decay should be treated as soon as possible before it becomes any more advanced.

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics

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