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.
Emergencies Can Happen Anytime
Hundreds and thousands of patients safely see their dentist every day. However, emergencies can happen anytime, anyplace and the dental office is no exception. As health professionals, dentist are trained in school to handle medical emergencies. Continuing education courses are available to help them review and remain current with responses to emergencies in office.
You Play an Important Role in Helping Your Dentist
Always tells your dentist about any health conditions you or your child may have including allergies, asthma, diabetes or other trouble maintaining blood sugar levels, blood pressure or heart problems, or any other medical condition even if it seems unimportant or unrelated to dental care. You should also tell your dentist if you are taking any vitamins or supplements.
How To Keep Your Teeth For A Lifetime
After learning adequate oral hygiene and how to protect your teeth from para functional habits, the most important thing to do to keep your teeth for a lifetime is to be aware of the importance of what you eat and drink and the medications you take. The most important factor in determining the longevity of your teeth is what you eat and drink. Teeth that are bathed in sugared water, as in soft drinks, can cause tooth loss due to tooth decay in a matter of a few months. Any acid, as in citrus fruits (for example oranges), or hydrochloric acid in the stomach acids can cause severe chemical erosion of your teeth.
Do You Have A Proper Diet?
As we age, our teeth tend to be more resistant to decay if we eat proper diet. Consuming fresh fruits and vegetables not only make your body healthier, but is a natural cleansing agent for the chewing surfaces of your teeth. There is a problem with decay as soon as we have to start taking too many medications that dry up saliva. We can’t stop taking medications, but I recommend that you talk to your dentist if you think your saliva is decreased. The saliva has antibodies that protect both the hard and soft tissues of your mouth. Salivary substitutes are available and it may be advisable to wear custom trays at night to protect your teeth and gums.
What Is the Right Way To Floss?
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach under the gum line and in between the teeth. Plaque can build up and lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended. You need to start with about eighteen inches of floss, wind most of the floss around both middle fingers leaving at least an inch or two of floss to work with. While holding the floss between your thumbs and index finger, slide it gently up and down between your teeth. Never snap or force the floss, this can bruise or cut delicate gum tissue. Ensure you are using clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
What Types of Floss Should I Use?
There are two types of floss to choose from:
Nylon floss is available waxed or unwaxed, and in a variety of flavors. This floss may sometimes shred or tear especially between teeth with tight contact points. While PTFE floss slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.
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Dental Hygiene is very important for your health.
When brushing your teeth, you always want to make sure to use a soft bristle tooth brush, or an electric tooth brush. Angle the tooth brush at a 45 degree angle towards your gums in light, circular motions. Make sure not to brush too hard as this could cause recession, in turn, causing symptoms of sensitivity.
If you use an electric tooth brush make sure you let the tooth brush do the work. Be sure to use minimal pressure when applying the electric tooth brush to your teeth.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask your Hygienist at your next cleaning appointment!