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What Foods Should You Avoid With Gingivitis?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Nearly half of the adult population across the world suffers from some form of gum disease. The medical name for gum disease is gingivitis. At higher stages, it is called periodontitis. Fortunately, it is possible to stop the progression and reverse gum-disease related dental damage if you identify the problem early enough. Routine dental checkups and making certain lifestyle and dietary changes can help treat gum diseases effectively. Here, we list down some of the common everyday foods that you should generally avoid if you have gingivitis. Soda and Sports Drinks Soda and sports drinks have a high concentration of acids and sugar that can worsen your gum infection. The bacteria responsible for gingivitis thrive on sugar, converting it into acid that gradually erodes your teeth enamel. In addition to that, it eats away at the soft tissue lining around your teeth. This eventually loosens your teeth from their proper place. Caffeinated and Alcoholic Beverages Beverages like tea, coffee, and wine tend to reduce saliva production. This, in turn, causes dry mouth which can contribute to gingivitis. If you cannot avoid them altogether, consume these beverages in a limited amount only. Moreover, remember to brush or rinse your mouth immediately after. Sour Candies It's no surprise that candy is bad for your oral health. However, sour candies have a more acidic composition which makes them even more harmful for people with gum diseases. Avoid all types of sour and chewy treats because they are more likely to cause gum decay. Extra Hard Food Items Gingivitis tends to make your teeth fragile and more susceptible to movement as the gums recede from the base. Therefore, biting down on hard food items such as nuts can easily push your teeth out of position. It is not uncommon for people with gum diseases to chip or break their teeth crushing walnuts or eating similar hard foods. You can drink iced beverages if your teeth don't feel sensitive. But resist the temptation to chew on the ice cubes. To learn more about gingivitis treatment and prevention, visit Dr. Brian Pitfield and at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC. Call (601) 255-9929 to book your appointment....
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Periodontitis: Causes

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
When it comes to periodontitis, its development usually begins with the buildup of plaque between the teeth and gums. This is caused by not brushing your teeth or flossing regularly. The result is poor oral hygiene, which is the main cause of gum disease and other oral conditions. Here, we are going to take a look at some of the most common causes of periodontitis. Formation of Plaque in the Teeth One of the main causes of periodontitis is plaque. This is caused by sugars and starch in the food that interacts with bacteria that is commonly found in the mouth. Brushing your teeth at least twice daily could prevent periodontitis from spreading. Also, flossing daily helps move the plaque that gets stuck between the teeth. But, plaque tends to form quickly, which is why it is recommended to pay a visit to your dentist at least once every few months to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Plaque Hardens into Tartar Under the Gum Line When a person does not brush at least twice a day or floss daily, plaque tends to harden into tartar or calculus under the gumline. Tarter is filled with bacteria and is far more difficult to remove from the teeth as compared to plaque. Since tartar is difficult to remove with brushing or flossing, it is recommended to seek the help of a dentist for professional cleaning to remove the buildup of tartar between the teeth. Gingivitis Gingivitis is considered to be a milder form of gum disease. It is an inflammation and irritation of the gum tissue that is present around the base of the teeth or gingiva. The good news is that gingivitis can be treated with the help of professional oral care. At Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, Dr. Brian Pitfield and are always ready to answer your questions on periodontitis, their causes and the treatment options available. Call now at (601) 255-9929 to schedule your appointment today....
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Why Do My Teeth Feel Loose Sometimes?

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Wiggly teeth usually excite children. It means receiving rewards from the tooth fairy, after all. However, as adults, noticing a loose tooth can cause people a great deal of stress. And it is quite obvious why. With your primary teeth all replaced by permanent teeth, you need to keep this set for life. Whether it affects one or multiple teeth, tooth mobility is not normal. Teeth that feel loose or move in their sockets usually signify an underlying dental problem. If your teeth feel loose sometimes, Dr. Brian Pitfield and at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC can help identify and treat the underlying cause. Here, we discuss some of the most common reasons why adults experience tooth mobility. Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects both men and women. However, women are more likely to develop this disease in their older years as compared to men. Osteoporosis results in the reduction of bone mass density. That is, it makes your bones porous and, thus, weak and fragile. Osteoporosis that spreads to your jawbone can eventually lead to teeth becoming loose and falling out. Pregnancy Hormones Another reason why women may experience tooth mobility is hormonal imbalance during pregnancy. The high levels of estrogen and progesterone during this period tend to loosen the ligaments that support your teeth. This is usually a temporary problem that your body overcomes naturally with time. Nonetheless, it is essential to get your teeth checked at least once during pregnancy, especially if they feel loose. Pregnant women are at high risk of developing gum diseases, and early intervention can help preserve your smile. Periodontal Disease Periodontal diseases affect the gums and other soft tissues that surround and support your teeth. Gingivitis, periodontitis, and similar gum infections are the most common cause of shifting and loose teeth among adults. Other symptoms of periodontal diseases include plaque and tartar formation along with swollen, bleeding, or receding gums. If your teeth are becoming loose or have started to shift from their usual place, visit us without delay. We can help you figure out the factors responsible for your tooth mobility and advice you on the next best step to take. Call (601) 255-9929 to book your appointment now....
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