WHEN you brush or floss, do you notice any bleeding, tenderness, redness, or inflammation in your gums?
Inflamed gums could signal an underlying condition that your dentist should check, and the following are just a few possible causes. Paying as much attention to your gums as you do to your teeth is a vital part of maintaining your overall oral health. Be on the lookout for these symptoms.
CAUSE 1: GUM DISEASE
Inflamed gums are one of the first signs of gum disease. Other signs and symptoms include teeth that appear longer because the gums have receded, pockets formed between teeth, changes in how the teeth fit together, persistent bad breath, and a constant bad taste in the mouth. Do you have any of these symptoms? You may have a form of gum disease, such as gingivitis, periodontitis or advanced periodontitis.
Gum disease starts when plaque on the teeth isn’t removed by daily brushing and flossing. The plaque infects the gums, teeth and supporting bone tissue. If this condition is left untreated, you could wind up with pockets around the teeth, teeth may appear to be loose and a gum specialist may need to be seen to examine your condition.
CAUSE 2: TOOTH ABSCESS
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, you may have a cavity or some other dental issue of which you’re not aware. Sometimes, bacteria from a cavity can reach your teeth and cause an infection and a painful swelling called an abscess. You should see your dentist as soon as you notice swelling around a tooth or signs of an abscess. If it’s left untreated, ultimately it may require a root canal to be performed or tooth removal.
CAUSE 3: PREGNANCY
In addition to the usual prenatal care that women receive during the nine months of pregnancy, staying on top of dental visits is important. As many as 50 to 70 per cent of pregnant women develop pregnancy gingivitis.
During pregnancy, you may experience swollen gums and tenderness, which are caused by hormonal changes. One common sign is gums that bleed when you brush or floss. You may even experience a red, inflammed raised area on the gum tissue surface — called pregnancy tumors — which typically go away on their own after pregnancy.
KEEP THE SWELLING DOWN
A combination of at-home care and regular dental check-ups is your best bet for fighting cavities, gum disease and swelling of the gum tissue. These are just a few helpful tips to prevent gum inflammation.
• Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
• Floss daily.
• Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
• Avoid sugary foods.
• Schedule regular dentist visits, every six months, for routine cleanings.
If you have any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule a visit with your dentist to find the true cause. Getting the proper treatment, along with follow-up care in the dentist’s office and at home, will prevent further damage. Your teeth and your smile will thank you.
1) Always wear your clear retainer for the prescribed amount of time each day. Full time for the first 2 months after finishing treatment and then, 12 hours per night. Following the Orthodontist’s recommendation for consistent wear will help ensure that the teeth do not move or become crowded again.
2) The clear retainer fits around all the surfaces of the teeth to ensure a tight fit. It also covers the biting surface of the teeth which means if your clench or grind your teeth it may wear faster than normal. If the retainer becomes cracked or very worn down please come to our office so we can inspect the retainer.
3) Remove your retainer when you eat but always make sure your mouth is clean before replacing your retainer. You can drink water with your retainers in your mouth but do not drink soda or other beverages as this can damage your teeth.
4) When the retainer is not in your mouth, always store it in its plastic case. Clear retainers placed on napkins often get thrown away and retainers left out become chew toys for dogs! The best for place for your retainer is in your mouth!
5) Clear retainers are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Do not leave your retainers in the hot car as they can melt or become distorted. Do not place boiling water on your clear retainer in an attempt to disinfect it.
6) Clean your retainer with a toothbrush at the same time you brush your teeth. Keeping the retainers clean will help them fit and look their best. Do not use toothpaste to clean your retainer! Using a mild soap is best to keep the retainer clean without damaging the material. In addition to vinegar and water, can help clean the bacteria from a retainer.
Some of my residents at the Univ. of Alabama have asked about an effective way to remove bonded composite bite turbos... so here it is.
1- use a carbide bur with a round tip; FG 7802
2- cut through the turbo all the way down to the enamel.
3- Grab the two sides with a utility plier and squeeze. * See video below
The attachment should break clean from the tooth. Occasionally they break away from the tooth in two separate pieces.
Hope this helps !
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