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When Gums Bleed, How Should You Respond?

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
If your gums bleed, it may be a sign that you have gum disease. You should not chalk it off as not being important, as you need to find out the underlying reason for the bleeding. Therefore, one of the first things you need to do is to contact us to schedule a consultation and an exam. What You Should Do While Waiting to See Us Once you set an appointment to have your gums and teeth checked, make a conscientious effort, if you have not done so in the past, to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. If you have been following this routine, you might be brushing too hard or with the wrong toothbrush. Make sure the head of your toothbrush is made of soft bristles. It may also help to rinse with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide, it has been found, reduces problems with bleeding when used as a rinse. Bleeding gums can also result from added stress. Often, when people are suffering from too much stress, they do not practice regular dental care like they should. Stress also breaks down the body's defenses against disease and infection. Therefore, it helps to find out what is causing your stress and see what you can do about coping. In some instances, you may not be getting enough vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts immune system functioning and reduces the risk of gum disease. What Else Can I Do? Another vitamin you may be missing in your diet that can lead to bleeding gums is vitamin K. You can get this vitamin when you eat certain greens, such as spinach, collard greens, mustard greens and kale. It also helps to rinse with a saltwater rinse. Add a half-teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth for a few seconds 3 or 4 times each day. If the bleeding is from an injury, rinsing with the rinse will keep the mouth clean and clear of bacteria. Never hesitate to call us if your gums start bleeding. Bleeding is not normal. Therefore, having them checked is important to learn the cause of the problem. Contact us for a periodontal exam and consultation today....

The Effects of Alcohol on Your Overall Oral Health

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Drinking alcohol can affect your oral health to an extent that it can lead to some serious dental problems, including gum disease and decay. That is because alcohol has a drying effect on the gingival tissues. When this occurs, the bad germs that lead to halitosis, decay, and infections tend to accumulate. Why Drinking Does Not Mix Well with Oral Care Drinks with alcohol can impede the natural flow of saliva, making it hard for remineralization of the teeth to occur. With less saliva flowing, it is harder to wash away the food naturally that leads to tooth decay and gingival infections. Add to that the fact that alcohol, such as beer, stains the enamel. Beer is acidic. Therefore, the malts and barley found in the brew can lead to a discolored smile. Substances, called chromogens, attach to the enamel of teeth that have been damaged by the acid in an alcoholic beverage. In turn, the lack of a saliva flow causes damage that extends beyond the margin of the gum, creating recession and pockets. How Alcohol Damages the Gums When there is a build-up of bacteria, plaque, and tartar, the gums start to bleed and recede. Gum recession exposes the roots of a tooth and destroys the bone as well. Therefore, alcohol, when regularly consumed, can do some real damage to the enamel and gums. Moreover, mouthwashes with alcohol also have the same effect. To experience better periodontal health, you should make it a policy to completely stay away from anything containing alcohol. Not only does alcohol dry out the mouth, but it also increases your risk for getting oral cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals who abuse alcohol have higher levels of plaque on their teeth and regularly are diagnosed with oral cancer. Do you have dental concerns that are related to alcohol consumption? If so, you need to address them immediately. Give us a call today to learn more about receiving periodontal treatments related to dry mouth or gum disease....

A Dental Crown Could Help Improve Your Oral Health

Posted on 12/7/2020 by Pine Belt Periodontics
Also called a cap, a dental crown covers and protects a decayed or damaged tooth. It is often recommended for teeth with large fillings, as it offers more protection. It also is used to protect a root canal treated tooth. The following information gives you more details about how a crown can protect the teeth. How a Crown is Applied and Why It Helps Preserve Teeth A crown is applied with a dental cement. It can be matched to the natural teeth so people cannot tell that the crown is a prosthetic. It seals a tooth, so harmful bacteria and biofilm do not do further damage to a tooth's existing structure. The Benefits of Wearing a Crown for Your Oral Health When you wear a crown, you not only protect your tooth against further decay, you safeguard it from sensitivity. If your tooth is extensively damaged, any contact with hot or cold can be reduced, as the nerves in the tooth are shielded with a crown. In addition, a crown protects a tooth against more damage, which also leads to tooth pain. A large filling does not provide enough protection, as a large part of the filled tooth has decayed. When a crown is used with an implant, it prevents problems with bone atrophy and loss. By adding a crown to a severely decayed tooth, to an implant, or tooth that has received a root canal, you will preserve the tooth and support better dental functioning. You can also use a crown to improve the appearance of a chipped or cracked tooth and protect it. Whatever your specific reason for getting a crown, you will enhance your oral health and smile. Would you like to know more how a crown may benefit you and prevent problems with periodontal disease? If so, give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a consultation and exam....

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