Posts for: August, 2014

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 26, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Gum Pain   Gum Disease  

What your gum pain is saying about the health of your mouth.

Of course you spend a lot of time taking care of your teeth, but it might not seem as routine to give your gums the same TLC. However, once you’re faced with gum pain, it can be rather alarmingly. It’s one thing if your pain is due to a stubbed toe or a cut. After all, the cause seems rather obvious and easier to diagnose than gum pain. However, if you’re dealing with this symptom, one of these common culprits might be the cause. Gum Pain

 

Gingivitis or Periodontitis

If your gum pain is accompanied by redness and inflammation, it could be a sign of gingivitis, or even periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease, while periodontitis is a more serious infection. If left untreated, both of these conditions can lead to gum disease, which can cause receding gum lines, tooth loss and jawbone damage. Talk to your Norcross dentist right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
 

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small, painful mouth ulcers that can come and go a few times a year. While the exact cause is unknown, it’s believed that stress, tissue injuries, weakened immune systems, or certain acidic and citrus foods play some role in the development of canker sores. If you wear braces, they could also be rubbing against your gums, causing canker sores. If you’ve noticed mouth ulcers, it’s best to see your dentist in Norcross to diagnose whether these are indeed canker sores.

 

Smoking/Tobacco Products

While it’s not surprising to hear that smoking or tobacco products can cause problems for your mouth, you may not know that those who are regular smokers are more likely to develop problems like gum disease. If you partake in tobacco products and notice sensitive, bleeding or painful gums, it might be time to talk to your Norcross dentist about ditching the habit.
 

Hormones

Some women may experience red, inflamed or more sensitive gums as their hormones rise. This could be due to menstruation, pregnancy or more rarely, menopause. However, these symptoms will most likely disappear after your menstrual cycle occurs. If you take oral birth control pills, you may also notice these same gum symptoms. Be sure to talk to your women’s health practitioner or your dentist in Norcross if you have any questions about this.
 

Overzealous Flossing

Flossing is an important part of any daily oral regime, and if you find yourself dealing with swollen or sore gums, you could be flossing a bit too vigorously. Next time you pull out your floss, use a more gentle hand. Slowly slide the floss up and down the curves and grooves of your teeth rather than forcing it between tight spaces.
 
If you’re concerned about gum pain or your persistent pain doesn’t let up, then it’s time to give your Norcross dentist a call. We can pinpoint the problem and get you feeling better again.

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 14, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   Toothbrush  
Have you ever been standing in the dental health aisle of your local drugstore struggling to decide which of the numerous options of toothbrushes is the best? There’s always a new design or model that promises to get your teeth the cleanest, but when each package promises the same benefits despite the fact the brushes vary in shape and size, you can’t be sure which model to trust. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, shopping for a new toothbrush can be downright confusing. Lucky for you, we’re here to help things a little simpler. Below are some of the things to keep in mind the next time you’re at Walgreen’s, stressing over which toothbrush to buy. Oral Health
 

Soft Bristles vs. Hard Bristles

If you’ve ever asked your dentist about what type of toothbrush is best, you’ve likely heard that soft bristles are the way to go. Here’s why: soft bristles are flexible, and therefore much more effective at cleaning the hard-to-reach places in your mouth than hard bristles. They also clean your teeth in a less invasive way; hard bristles can actually scratch the enamel of your teeth, weakening their defenses against sugary drinks and acids that you ingest.
 
When tooth enamel is weak, decay sets in more easily. Hard bristles also irritate the gums, causing them to bleed or even recede, which exposes the teeth roots and makes them vulnerable to disease and decay. Tooth sensitivity is often caused by improper oral hygiene practices—one of which includes brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush.
 

Shape and Size

When it comes to selecting the proper aesthetic of your toothbrush (i.e. handle and head size or shape), we recommend selecting whatever will be most comfortable to you. One thing to note is that the smaller the head (the end with the bristles), the less limited the maneuverability of the brush. A brush with a larger head may restrict your ability to cover all your teeth, but the general shape of the brush doesn’t tend to make a ton of difference in the long run.
 

Electric-powered Brushes

Electric toothbrushes are actually a great option for people who find it difficult to brush using only manual power. We recommend them for small children—who maybe just haven’t fully mastered proper brushing techniques—or for people with limited motor capabilities.
 
No matter what toothbrush you choose, make sure it has the ADA seal of approval, and replace it every three months (or directly after you’ve recovered from a cold). Stick by these simple rules, and your mouth should be in great shape!
 
To learn more about dentistry in the Norcross, GA area, call (770) 446-5700 today.