Why Do My Gums Bleed So Easily?

Do Your Gums Bleed?

Do your gums frequently bleed when you brush your teeth or eat certain types of food? The sight of blood originating from your gums can be frightening to say the least, but understanding the root cause of this condition will allow you to better treat and prevent.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

There are a number of different factor which can play a role in the bleeding gums, one of which is the presence of plaque buildups at or around the gum line. Also known as gingivitis, this condition is characterized by bacteria which accumulates and thrive around the gums, thus causing an inflammatory response by the body’s immune system. Unless the plaque is removed, it will harden to form tough tarter which subsequently leads to further bleeding.

Bleeding gum could be a sign of the jawbone disease known as periodontitis. Not to be confused with gingivitis , periodontitis is more severe condition in which bacteria makes its way up the side of the teeth to the gum line. Once here, the bacteria can destroy portions of the jawbone, increasing the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss.

Tips for Preventing Bleeding Gums: 

  • Brush your teeth and gums with a soft bristle toothbrush.
  • Use an ADA – approved mouth rinse.
  • Avoid the use of tobacco products
  • Unless recommended by your doctor, avoid the use of aspirin, ibuprofen or similar blood thinning drugs.
  • Floss between your teeth daily.

Contact us if you have problems with bleeding gums or if you would like to schedule an appointment with on our dentist in Hendersonville, TN.

How Does Whitening Toothpaste Work, How Effective is it at Whitening My Teeth?

Keeping Your Teeth White

Another motivation for frequently brushing your teeth with high-quality toothpaste is to keep your teeth white. If you want whiter teeth but don’t want to undergo an in office or at home bleaching treatments, you might consider choosing whitening toothpaste for your daily brushing.

White teeth are more attractive, which can help you feel more confident in your smile. Having a whiter smile and greater self-assurance can send the message that you take care of yourself and are confident in your abilities.

How Whitening Toothpaste Works

All toothpaste has whitening properties because they help remove food particles from your teeth. To carry the American Dental Association seal for whitening, however, toothpaste must contain certain chemicals that help remove stains. To obtain the benefits of whitening toothpastes, you need to use it regularly. Depending on the variations in the color of your teeth, some people are more likely than others to achieve the desired results with whitening. Proper oral hygiene and the use of whitening toothpaste are your best bets for keeping your teeth as white as possible. In addition avoid, using tobacco products and rinse your mouth after drinking coffee.

Drill-Free Dentistry with Air Abrasion

Do You Dread the Dentist?

Do you hate the sound of he drill, fear anesthesia or needles, and out off your regular checkups because you dread being told you will have to undergo dental procedures? Then drill free air abrasion dentistry is for you. Air abrasion is a drill-free technique used by dentists to remove old fillings and stains. It is particularly appropriate for young children or people with dental anxiety, because it is sound-and vibration-free. It allows the creation of a relaxing atmosphere, requires less anesthesia in many cases, and involves much less noise.

How Does Drill-Free Dentistry Work?

Air abrasion is like a mini sandblaster, it sprays away decay causing tarter and plaque. Tarter and plaque is removed by a fine stream or particles, comprised of silica, aluminum oxide or a baking soda mixture which is sprays toward the tooth by compressed air or gas in a dental hand-piece. The debris is then suctioned away.

A Dentist’s Guide to Eating Halloween Candy

 Halloween Time is Here

Here we are again! Halloween is almost here in just 26 days and our cauldrons are full of delicious and delectable treats and our streets will be overrun with hundreds of zombies, army guys and Princess Elsa’s. As a dentist you would think I have fortitude to resit the sweet seduction of a fun size snickers bar. Well…… I don’t. Fortunately though, I have been able to avoid “cavity bugs” over the years and would like all of you to do the same.

How to Avoid Cavity Bugs this Halloween Season

  1. Toss the sour stuff- Sour candy has pH levels that are almost equivalent to battery acid. Sour candies are usually designed to be chewed or sucked on over time which is more damaging to teeth. These candies can linger in our mouths for hours.
  2. Scrap the hard and chewy stuff- Hard candy such as lollipops and jawbreakers can no only damage teeth but they also deliver a slow and steady stream of glucose for bacteria to turn into cavity-causing acid. And chewy things like caramel or fruit chews fit snuggly into the tiny grooves of our molars creating sugary sealant.
  3. Damage control-Don’t wait to long to brush. It only takes 20 minutes for cavity bugs to begin an all out assault on our enamel. At the very least, rinse out your mouth with water after you’re done eating any type of candy.
  4. Moderation is key- Create a specific time your children are allowed to eat the candy such as dessert or mid-day snack.
  5. Three Day Rule- After three days get rid of all of it. Yes I said it and yes you read it correctly. I know I sound like a party pooper, but after all I am a dentist.

The Benefits of Straight Teeth Using Invisalign

Popular Option for Straighter Teeth

A popular option for straightening teeth at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, Invisalign can be a great method for improving your smile, and can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more! Invisalign, which is different from traditional braces work by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners in order to eventually move your teeth into their ideal positions. Patients typically swap aligners approximately every couple of weeks.

Giving You A Beautiful Healthy Smile

At Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we have lots of experience using this technology to give our patients the beautiful and healthy smile they’ve always wanted. During your initial visit at our Hendersonville Family Dentistry, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should be.

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want, and  brushing and flossing are way easier. Depending on the severity of the problem, Invisalign treatment may take anywhere from three to 18 months to complete.

Oral Health Concerns for Infants

Infant Doesn’t Need Dental Care

Babies’ teeth don’t appear until around six to eight months of age. It’s a natural misconception that they don’t need dental care. The steps you take as the parent of an infant can help your baby maintain good oral health and develop healthy dental habits in the future. It’s easy to take care of a baby’s teeth and gums, especially when oral hygiene for your infant becomes part of the normal daily routine.

Baby’s Oral Hygiene

  • Dental Hygiene for Birth to Six Months- Cleaning your infants gums is as important as cleaning teeth will be later. Hold your baby in your arms, and with a clean, moistened washcloth wrapped around your index finger, gently massage his or her gums.
  • Dental Hygiene for Six to 12 Months- After teeth begin to appear it’s time to switch to a soft, children’s toothbrush for teeth cleaning. Gently brush your baby’s teeth after each feeding, in the morning, and before bedtime, just as you did before teeth appeared.
  • Good Bedtime Habits-One of the most important things you do to protect your infant from tooth decay is to avoid the habit of putting baby to bed with a bottle. Use other soothing bedtime activities such as rocking and lullabies, to help your baby drift to sleep.
  • A Note about Dental Decay- Many people are unaware that dental decay is transmissible. Avoid placing your baby’s bottle, sippy cup, or pacifier in your own mouth to test the temperature. Likewise, don’t share utensils with your baby.

Why Crowns Are Recommended to Patients

Multiple Reasons For A Crown

There are multiple reasons for doing crowns and different types of materials that crowns can be made of. I will try to cover the most basic reasons crowns are diagnosed and recommended. Most often, they are made of porcelain material that is both durable and aesthetic.

Some of the most common reasons crowns are needed initially is because of the decay.Often times, especially with silver (amalgam) fillings, cracks and marginal leaks allow bacteria to filter underneath the filling causing decay to grow fairly large. When teeth have large fillings, especially ones that cover more than a 1/2 of the biting surface of the tooth, the tooth is at a much higher risk of breaking and fracture. When the tooth does eventually fracture, it can break in ways that we can’t predict, often leading to root canals or even extractions.

Crowns Provide A Stable and Reliable Protection.

Nevertheless, crowns provide a stable and reliable protection for teeth that have been weakened. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, and we will be more than willing to help you!