Dental Tips Blog

Aug
6

How Well Do You Know Your Gums?

Posted in Gum Disease

Your gums are more important to your health than you may know. So how are your yours doing?

Why Your Gums Are Important

Your gums help keep your teeth in place to cushion and protect the tooth roots. If you lose your gums to recession or gum disease, you risk losing your teeth.

Gum tissue is loaded with blood vessels that connect with the rest of the body. The gums are the perfect portal for oral bacteria to sneak into the bloodstream and cause infections in other areas.

Inflammation in the gums also seems linked to other inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Keeping your gums healthy is not just important for your smile – it’s important for your entire well-being.

Signs Your Gums May Be in Trouble

Your gums may need some special attention to ward off disease if you notice:

  • Your gums look redder than usual
  • The margins of your gums look swollen or puffy
  • Your gums bleed when you floss and/or brush
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Any other unusual gum discoloration

Pay close attention to your gums each day to check for signs of trouble. If something looks or feels off, see your dentist.

How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

A healthy gum care routine includes daily brushing and flossing. Brush along the gum line with light jiggling strokes to loosen plaque and debris. When you floss, make sure to slip it just below the gum line around each tooth.

Use an antibacterial rinse for its therapeutic effect after flossing and brushing.

Visit your dentist on a regular basis to find out what your gums’ health is like and to get more tips on healthy smile maintenance.

Posted on behalf of:
Laguna West Dental Care
9098 Laguna Main St Ste 8
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 683-7300

Aug
2

5 Reasons You Should Floss Daily

You only stand to benefit if you make it your habit to floss every day. Here are five reasons flossing is good for you.

  1. Flossing Freshens Breath

Food and germs that get stuck between teeth can create quite an odor. It’s especially bad if a piece of food gets stuck under your gums. Flossing is the best way to remove leftovers that cause bad breath, giving you a sweet-smelling smile.

  1. Flossing Whitens Your Smile

Teeth darken when they’re exposed to food stains and acidic dental plaque. If you remove these stain-causing factors by flossing, you’ll keep your smile whiter for longer.

  1. Flossing Lowers Your Risk for Tooth Decay

Flossing disrupts bacterial colonies that grow between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss works perfectly to wipe away food and plaque acids that can erode tooth enamel and start cavities.

  1. Flossing Slows Tartar Buildup

Do you hate the look and feel of that gritty yellow tartar that grows along your gum line? Also called dental calculus; tartar is calcified plaque. If plaque isn’t removed from teeth daily, it hardens with minerals from your saliva. Calculus dulls your smile and can trigger gum inflammation. Flossing every day removes the bacteria that can turn into this mineral deposit.

  1. Flossing Prevents Gum Disease

Just as flossing slows down the activity of cavity-causing germs, it does the same with bacteria that cause gum disease. The most serious form of gum disease is periodontitis. This can lead to gum recession and tooth-loss. That’s why you can say flossing will help you save your teeth. Regular flossing will also save you a trip to a periodontist.

Need some help with setting up a good flossing habit? Contact your local dentist for advice and suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41
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New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

 

Jun
4

Kissing Gives You Gum Disease!

Posted in Gum Disease

We’ve all heard about how a nice smooch boosts our levels of feel-good hormones. You likely also know how easy it is to catch your significant other’s cold via kissing. But did you know that the activity of kissing can also affect your gum health?

The True Cause Of Gum Disease

In the early stages, gum inflammation is known as gingivitis. Let that rage go unchecked, and you’ll have a case of periodontitis on your hands which will likely require periodontal therapy.

Or gums, rather.

Periodontitis happens when the ligaments and bone around tooth roots start to break down from chronic inflammation. Those structures don’t easily grow back on their own, so this infection results in tooth loss if it’s not treated.

Infection? Yes, a bacterial one. Gum disease is caused by a large population of bacteria found in dental plaque.

What does kissing have to do with any of this?

What’s In A Kiss

A single kiss can transmit some 80 million bacteria, by one estimate.

That’s a lot of germs. Not all of which are good ones.

Among these are the bacteria that trigger gum inflammation. These germs are found naturally in virtually everyone’s mouths. We pick them up over the years after we’re born when we kiss loved ones, share eating utensils, and so forth.

But not everyone has the same amount of germs. Some people have more than others. Your partner could be sharing with you an extra large load of bacteria with each kiss.

With proper preventive measures, you can keep your gums healthy . . . and enjoy each and every kiss!

Ask your dentist for more tips on lowering your risk for gum disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Timber Springs Dental
5444 Atascocita Road Suite 100
Humble, TX 77346
(713) 244-8929

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

Sep
18

When to See a Gum Specialist

Posted in Gum Disease

If you’ve noticed any of these signs…

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Loosening teeth

…then it’s high time to give your gums more attention. But should you head straight for a gum specialist? Where do you start?

Help From Your General Dentist

All dentists have valuable training in treating certain levels of periodontal (gum) disease and other gum issues. Some have more experience than others. You can definitely begin by simply visiting your local dental office.

At a regular consultation, your dentist will assess the health of your gums. If your gums need a level of care that the office can provide, then all you have to do is follow your dentist’s instructions and recommendations.

What if your condition is beyond the care your dentist can provide? Or what if you’d like a second opinion?

Visiting the Periodontist

Your office can refer you to a local gum specialist called a periodontist. This dental professional deals almost exclusively with treating gum disease and repairing the damage done by it. Treatment in a periodontal office is much more exhaustive and may include minor surgery.

Why See the Regular Dentist?

Your general dentist can address any dental need you may have. It’s easier to transition into a periodontal office for specialty treatment when you already have a medical and dental history established. In fact, if you were to visit only the periodontist, he or she would later refer you back to a general dentistry office, anyway!

If your local dentist can provide you with the care you need, it’s usually more convenient and affordable than seeing a specialist for more aggressive treatment. Call you dentist for more details.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Sep
8

3 Reasons Why Your Gums Bleed

Posted in Gum Disease

Are you perhaps a little alarmed at the sight of blood on your toothbrush, dental floss, or on gauze at dental cleanings? Bleeding gums is certainly not a matter to ignore. Let me share with you a just a few of the major culprits of bleeding gums.

1.- Hormones

High levels of certain hormones can cause the gums to have an exaggerated response to bacteria in the mouth. For example, progesterone is a hormone that runs high in women during pregnancy. This hormone dilates microscopic blood vessels in gum tissue, making them more sensitive to bacterial toxins. Gums are often more sensitive during pregnancy and bleed with very little provocation.

2.- Medications

There are many blood-thinning drugs (including warfarin, aspirin, and ibuprofen) which lead to an increased likelihood of bleeding from the gums. Trauma to the gums can result in bleeding that is heavier than usual. It is very important to use gentle oral hygiene techniques and to communicate with your primary care physician about the side-effects of medications.

3.- Gum Disease

Bleeding gums is a trademark of any stage of gum disease. Bacteria found in dental plaque, when not frequently removed, will irritate the gum tissue, eliciting an immune response. This immune response includes the dilation of blood vessels in the gum tissue, making the gums prone to bleeding.

Your dentist will want to help you maintain the highest standard of oral health care possible. If you are experiencing bleeding from the gums while brushing or flossing, be sure to discuss it at your next dental appointment so that any potential causes can be identified and addressed.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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