Dental Tips Blog

Jul
13

Why You Still Need to See a Dentist Even Though Your Teeth Feel Fine

Posted in Gum Disease

So you’re one of the lucky few who’ve never had a dental filling.

Whether you attribute your stellar teeth to diet, genetics, or a great flossing routine, you’re grateful you don’t have steep dental bills.

But your dentist still wants to see you on a regular basis. That’s because white teeth are nothing without strong gums to hold them in place.

The Role Gums Play

Your gums protect sensitive tooth roots, but they also are unique in their ability to nourish and cushion teeth. They contain a rich network of blood vessels, nerves, and ligaments. Tooth roots connect to the gums at special junctures which help anchor teeth in place.

Gums are irreplaceable. If something happens to them, your teeth lose valuable support.

How Is Your Periodontal Health?

Your gums and the ligaments that lie beneath are classified as periodontal tissues.

Periodontal damage often happens gradually and it’s usually painless.

Some signs of gum disease are easy to pick up on:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

But if periodontal disease sets in, it destroys those ligaments long before you’d notice any of these signs.

Here’s where your dentist comes in.

Only a dental professional can detect and measure periodontal damage before you notice the signs. X-rays and other tools can determine the level of healthy gum tissue you have left.

Regular dental visits aren’t just for the benefit of your teeth. A checkup at the dentist’s is also a chance to find out how your gums are doing.

Besides that, you’ll also get valuable tips from your dentist on how to treat or even avoid gum disease.

Don’t wait! Call today to schedule your periodontal health evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

Sep
20

Are Your Gums a Healthy Color?

Posted in Gum Disease

What do you see when you think of a Hollywood smile? Probably a glittering row of pearly whites nestled against lush coral-pink gums.

But what if your gums aren’t coral-pink? Maybe they’re not pink, at all. Does this mean that you have a serious problem on your hands? Or on your gums, we should say.

A Beautiful Spectrum

What many folks don’t realize is that gums come in a variety of colors much in the way that skin does. Gums can have many colors in them. They can even be freckled!

This variety is perfectly healthy. You can thank genetics for your hair color, skin color, eye color, and yes, gum color.

When Disease is the Cause

Sometimes, an unusual coloration in the gums is a bad sign. Different stages and types of gum disease can cause visible changes in the color of your gums. For example, bright red gums along with the presence of bleeding usually mean that they are inflamed. This is gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.

When you visit your dentist, you’ll find out whether the color of your gums is normal or a sign that something serious is going on.

Ready for a Change?

In most cases of gum disease, your gums will return to a more healthy hue after they are treated for the disease. What if you want to lighten the natural color of your gums?

Cosmetic dental specialists have the tools and knowledge necessary to help you out. It’s possible to essentially “bleach” the color of your gums if you desire a lighter shade.

Call your local dentist today to schedule a consultation to see how your gum color checks out.

Posted on behalf of:
Atencio Family Dentistry
3773 Baker Ln #3
Reno, NV 89509
(775) 829-8684

 

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

May
29

4 Signs of Gum Disease and What You Should Do About Them

Posted in Gum Disease

Gum disease is a dangerous condition that can cause you to lose your teeth. It’s also directly linked with health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and even premature labor. Knowing what the earliest signs of gum disease are allow you to reverse the infection before it becomes too advanced. Here are a few things to look for:

Bleeding Gums

Healthy gum tissues should never bleed. Even if you’re brushing and flossing along the gumlines, bleeding is a sign that some type of infection is present. Daily flossing and brushing the gums will reverse early gingivitis within two weeks. 

Bad Breath

The bacteria that cause gum disease can also cause bad breath. Covering the odor up with mouth rinse isn’t enough – most of these bacteria are deep under the gumlines where brushing or flossing may not reach. Ask your dentist about getting a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar that harbors these bacteria. 

Tooth Mobility

If your teeth are starting to become loose or experience gum recession, it means you’re loosing the support that secures your teeth in place. Seek dental care immediately! 

Tartar Buildup

It’s normally to experience some minor tartar buildup between your dental cleanings, but if it’s covering even as little as 1/4 of your tooth surface it isn’t innocent. Tartar holds bacteria that cause gums to detach from the teeth. To keep buildup limited, have your teeth cleaned every 6 months.

Your dentist can help you create a care plan to eliminate gum disease. This plan will usually involve a deep cleaning and the need to thoroughly floss every day. Ask your dentist about having a periodontal screening to check for gum disease during your next visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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