Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bleeding Gums

When you brush your teeth do you seen blood?  If so, you could be suffering from gingivitis.  What happens is bacteria can add to plaque and tartar.  It can also develop around your teeth as well as in between your teeth and gums. If your gums are tender to touch, bleed, you have inflamed gums, bad breath then those are signs that microbial have accumulated on your teeth.

Here are common causes for bleeding gums:

  1. Smoking or eating tobacco – People who smoke a lot have more tartar on the teeth.  Consequently, they are more prone to gingivitis or periodontal disease because of the toxic effect of cigarette.
  2. Vitamin K deficiency – Vitamin K plays a huge role in bloodstream clots. A lack Vitamin K in the diet can result in bleeding gums.
  3. Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is a microbial infection that causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If plaque is permitted to develop below the gum line it cause lead to periodontal disease.
  4. Leukemia is cancer of the bone marrow and bloodstream cells, usually the result of whitened bloodstream cells. People with Leukemia bleed easily have tend to have bleeding gums.
  5. Hormones – Gum tissue consists of hormone receptors. High amounts of certain hormones can cause gum tissue, making the gums red, tender and inflamed.
  6. Periodontal disease is a microbial infection that causes inflammation and bleeding as stated earlier.

So the question then becomes how do we stop or prevent bleeding gums?  Good oral hygiene and oral cleanliness.  Consume calcium rich foods.  Calcium keeps the bones in our body and teeth strong. Don’t smoke.  Chew sugar free gum.  Brush your teen at least twice a day.  If you see signs of bleeding gums notify your dentist.  Get regular dental examinations and let your dentist keep his or her eyes on the problems and prescribe you with treatment for the problem.

How dentist cleans your teeth

When you go to get your teeth clean it is done by either a dentist or a dental hygienist.  What the dentist does is remove all tartar and calcium deposit on your teeth using a number of tools.  Generally, their first tooth will be a ultrasonic instrument that vibrates to knock large pieces of tartar loose.  The instrument will also spray a mist of water to wash away debris and to keep the area at the right temperature.  That is why you tend to get spray with water by your dentist during these procedures.  The dentist works the instrument around your teeth.  If large deposit are found that have hardened over time, the dentist may use finder hand tools like a scaler or a curettes.  These guys are sharp and curved to match the curves of your teeth to help the dentist remove these deposits.  The dentist will carefully scrape these deposits off by using gentle pressure.  Once the tartar and calcium deposits are removed, your teeth will be polish.  Polishing is accomplished by using a handpiece equipment with a soft rubber cup that spins.  A polishing paste is scooped into the cup and spun around on the teeht to make them shiny and smooth.

Dental Insurance

Dental work can get expenses but regular check ups will help you keep down those cost.  We get clients constantly asking who we recommend that they look to for dental insurance.  Below is one company that we have been working with and we highly recommend:

Fighting Plaque

As you get older, your gums begin to recede and expose your tooth and root to plaque.  Plaque is a waxy build up that covers your teeth and builds up and collects between your teeth and gums.  These circumstances causes tooth decay.  If the plaque is not removed right a way, it hardens and forms what is known as tartar.  The build up of tartar can be avoided by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, using a soft brush, brushing in small circular motions and short back and forth strokes.  Don’t forget to brush your tongue.  Floss your teeth regular to remove tartar that your brush can’t get to.  If you experience bleeding or hurt when you brush or floss than you should see a dentist.

Sore Jaw

The usual cause of a sore jaw is grinding one’s teeth at night.  Intense grinding can cause tempormandibular joint disorder (aka TMD) which can lead to splitting headaches.  Usually these headaches cause pain that radiates from the front of your ears down to your lower jaw.  So what is the solution?  Try to relax before you go to sleep.  Step aside 30 minutes to yourself to wind down before you go to bed.  Meditate or listening to some relaxing music can help.  Sleeping on your back can also help.

Sensitive teeth

According to many dentist if you have sensitive teeth, it could be due to exposed nerve roots but often it is due to receding gums.  Sensitive teeth are most noticeable to cold and tooth liquids.  The best thing to do is to lay off on the tooth whitening products, tartar control, and baking soda toothpastes because they are abrasive and some contain phosphates.  Abrasive products and products containing phosphate are the two causes of sensitive teeth.  Brushing too hard is also a cause as it leads to recessed gums.

Expensive molar

If every one’s tooth were worth this much money, we all be in heaven.  But then these aren’t ordinary molar.  They belong to John Lennon.  He gave his tooth to his then housekeeper to get rid off and then later suggested that she give them to her daughter who was a Beatles fan.  The tooth was value at $16,000.00 and put up for auction this last week.  By the end of the auction and intense bidding, the winning bid was for $31,120.00.  Can you imagine that?  Its amazing what collector will pay for.

Preventing childhood cavities

It is never to early to protect your children from childhood cavities.  To do so, it requires that you get them to give up their bottles when its bed time.   After your baby’s first tooth appears, don’t let them sleep all night in one position the entire night.  Get them to sleep on their breast and on their backs.  After six months of age get them to start drinking from a cup.  Offer water, breastmilk or formula.  Avoid soda, sweet drinks and juice.  Don’t like them drink from a bottle all day long.  Clean your child’s teeth and gum with a wash cloth or a soft toothbrush nightly.  Check with your doctor or dentist to see if your child is getting enough fluoride each day, as it helps protect their teeth from decay.

Gum cleaning

There is perhaps nothing worse than getting your gums cleaned if you have not been to the dentist for some time.  Any one who has endure what I have experience knows what I am talking about and will do next to anything to avoid it.  Usually the dental hygienist will apply a tropical solution to help reduce the pain.  This is fine if you get your gums cleaned really and they are not too sensitive.  But if you don’t like to endure plain or if the pain gets to be too much you can request that you dentist give you a novacaine shot.  The hygienist will not be able to work on your entire month because your mouth will swell up but you won’t suffer the pain associated with getting your gums cleaned.

Root Canal Removal

No one wants to get their root canal removed and the older that we get the worse it can be and the longer the recovery time.  A root canal can be done by a dentist or an endodontist.  Usually the root canal is spotted by a general practice dentist.  He or she then performs the procedure or refers the patient to a endodontist.

If your dentist performs the procedure then local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth will be used.  Next a rubber dam is placed around the tooth.  An access hole will then be drilled into the tooth. The pulp along with bacteria, the decayed nerve tissue and related debris is removed. The cleaning out process is accomplished using root canal files. A series of these files of increasing diameter are each subsequently placed into the access hole and worked down the full length of the tooth to scrape and scrub the sides of the root canals.  Then the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

If an endodontist performs the procedure they can elect to put you asleep and wake you up when everything is done.  When I had my root canal, I was put to sleep and it was nice.  I tend to get stressed out being at the dentist’s office so I always anticipate pain even though no pain occurs but just the anticipation cause a stressful at the dental office.