Category Archives: Gums

Our Gums category will house our post about gum problems and how to treat your gums.

Oral cancer

Oral cancer is more common than leukemia, skin melanoma, Hodgkin’s diease, cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid gland, stomach, ovaries, and cervix – and is typically caused by long term use of tobacoo products and alcohol.  One of the most part of a regular oral health examine at the dentist office is also a thorough oral cancer screening examination at the doctor’s office.  Its always better to take preventative care than to have to under go cancer treatments.  So eat healthy and get regular examinations.

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.

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.

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.

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.