Do your gums often bleed from flossing? Although this is a normal occurrence sometimes, here are many factors that could be causing your gums to bleed:
• Brushing too hard. Do you apply a lot of pressure when you brush your
teeth? You shouldn’t have to dig into your mouth to clean your teeth.
Ease up by switching your toothbrush to your non-dominant hand.
incorrectly. If you brush your teeth using a back-and-forth motion,
you’re doing it wrong. Brush up and down or in small circles to avoid
irritating your gums.
• Using the wrong toothbrush. How firm are your
toothbrush bristles? Most people should use soft-bristled toothbrushes.
Try switching to see if it helps alleviate your discomfort.
brushing/flossing often enough. Has it been a long time since you last
brushed or flossed? If so, it could take about a week or so before your
mouth is used to being scrubbed and prodded at. If this doesn’t take
care of the bleeding schedule a dental appointment immediately as you
may have an infection called Gingivitis or Periodontitis that needs to
be treated right away.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Are you considering dentures, but worried friends and family will be able to tell immediately? Here are some helpful items to consider from dentalhealthpress.com:
Have you ever met someone who you immediately knew was wearing dentures? Maybe the teeth were too big, too perfect, too straight or too white? Or maybe the dentures just didn’t fit and kept dropping down or sliding around when the person was talking or eating? An experience like this is often enough to discourage anyone from choosing dentures as the replacement for lost teeth. But it doesn’t have to be like that. These days dentures can be made to look so natural that only the trained eye can tell that they’re not your natural teeth. How?
Do you really want natural looking dentures?
First of all, you need to decide whether you really want natural looking dentures. If you don’t want anyone to notice that you exchanged your natural teeth for dentures, you will need to have your dentures made to look exactly like the original teeth with all their imperfections, such as miscolorations, cracks and visible fillings. Others decide that changing to dentures is their chance to get the teeth they always wanted. Although they might be happy with their perfect, white new teeth, this change will probably not go unnoticed by their friends and relatives. Others might find it unusual too, to see such a young looking set of teeth on a not so young looking person. Still others decide to go with with a set of dentures that is just slightly better looking than the original teeth. They reason that most people are not in the habit of studying other peoples' teeth so closely that they would notice small changes like that. Which is probably true.
How to get natural looking dentures
If you decide to go for the natural look, make sure that your dentist takes note of exactly how your original teeth look. If many teeth are already missing, bring a photo of yourself where you are smiling and thus showing off your natural teeth. This will also help the dentist see, not only what the dentures are supposed to look like, but also how the impression should be of your whole face when you are finally wearing the dentures. Dentures when worn should not be too tall or protruding, making it difficult to close your lips around them and they should not be so low that they never show when you smile. If you find that you suddenly have wrinkles around your mouth, especially at the corners is a sign that your dentures are too small or too low. If you’ve had dentures for a long time and start to experience these problems it is also a sign that your need to have your dentures refitted or maybe even changed.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Many pregnant mothers express worry over having their child prematurely. Surely, this article from dentalhealthpress.com will help you understand the risks associated with periodontal disease.
Several epidemiological studies seem to support the theory that there is a link between periodontal disease in pregnant women and premature birth. For instance, one study suggested that pregnant women with periodontal disease are as much as seven times more likely to have babies that are born too early or have a relatively low birth weight.
Why does periodontal disease cause premature birth?
Although the connection between periodontal disease and premature birth seems clearly to be existing, researcher are still not certain about the reasons for this connection.
One theory is that periodontal disease triggers increased levels of the biological fluids that induce labor. In other words, the regulators that are supposed to send the message that birth is to begin are produced elsewhere in the body and the message is sent prematurely. Some of these regulators are called prostaglandins, and they can be produced by different diseases, among which is gum disease.
Another theory is that oral bacteria from the mother is transferred directly into the uterus, causing localized inflammation and adverse pregnancy outcome.
Maintain good oral health during pregnancy
Whatever the reason for the connection between gum disease and preterm birth, it is clear that it is crucial for pregnant mothers to maintain good oral hygiene through the whole pregnancy. Discomfort in connection with the pregnancy such as nausea may at times make it difficult to keep up the good oral hygiene habits from before the pregnancy, but with determination and good support from your dental health professional is it not impossible.
One advice that many pregnant mothers have benefitted from is to buy a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. If you suffer from nausea, a smaller toothbrush will make it easier to reach the teeth in the back of your mouth without causing too much discomfort. The soft bristles will also be more gentle on your gums, which might be extra sore during your pregnancy.
Some pregnant mothers experience more serious dental health problems during pregnancy, such as bleeding gums, loose teeth and bad breath despite frequent brushing. If you experience such problems, you might benefit from a visit to your dentist or dental hygienist. They can help evaluate the condition of your gums, make you aware of areas that you need to pay more attention to and teach you how to care for your own oral health and thereby the health of your baby.