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Does Your Toothbrush Need to Be Held in a Specific Manner for Healthy Gums?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Joseph Everett, DDS
It is common knowledge that one of the keys to good oral health is brushing of the teeth. It is not enough to go through the motions of brushing the teeth. If you want all the benefits of tooth brushing, you need to make sure you do it right. That means using a good toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day. It also means holding the brush the right way and actually brushing the teeth properly. Without knowing how to do this, your teeth and gums may suffer. The Common Grip The most common way that people hold their toothbrush is by picking it up and holding it between their thumb and fingers. Most people prefer to hold on tight thinking that will keep the toothbrush form moving around too much. While this is a common way to hold the brush, it is not the right way. How to Do It? The right way to hold the toothbrush is similar to how you hold a pencil. When you hold it between your fingers like a pencil, you have better control of the angle and force you use with the toothbrush. It is also important to think about how you hold the brush to reach different areas. It might seem like a lot of work to think about the angle of the brush and how you hold it. When done right, the toothbrush can remove more of the food particles and bacteria that are on the teeth and stuck in the teeth. How you hold and use the toothbrush is as important as using it every day. If you want to learn more about the right techniques for brushing and how to get the best oral care, contact our offices to talk to one of our health professionals....
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Does Tooth Loss Increase the Risk of Gum Disease?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Joseph Everett, DDS
Children look forward to losing their baby teeth. Adults are not as happy when it happens to them. Unfortunately, the loss of teeth is a common thing. Most adults will lose at least some of their teeth at some point. When it happens, people worry about the impact on their appearance, but should they worry about something else. Is the loss of the teeth putting you at greater risk for gum disease? The answer can make you think about how well you take care of your teeth. The Impact of Tooth LossThe loss of a tooth does more than just change your appearance. The first thing to consider is why you lost your tooth. If it is due to poor oral hygiene habits that caused tooth decay, then the chances of developing gum disease are much higher. The loss of the tooth is one of the signs that gum disease is already present. There are other reasons for tooth loss. If the loss is due to trauma, that does not mean there is already some gum disease present. There is still a higher risk of gum disease because of that tooth loss. The loss of teeth causes the structure of the gums and teeth to change. These changes can create spaces where bacteria can grow. If the bacteria are not removed, gum disease will begin. Stopping Gum Disease from Tooth LossThe good news is that it is possible to take steps to lower the risk of gum disease even with tooth loss. Dental implants can replace the lost tooth and help prevent bacteria from growing. Improving oral hygiene habits will also lower the risk. The key is not to just accept the tooth loss, but do something about it. For more information about how to care for your teeth and how you can prevent gum disease, contact the dental professionals at our office....
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What Causes the Gums to Bleed When You Have Gum Disease?
Posted on 8/30/2018 by Joseph Everett, DDS
When you have gum disease, you will experience a wide variety of symptoms. Untreated gingivitis is one of the leading causes of gum disease. This is why the best way to prevent, and combat, early stage gum disease is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. This helps to reduce or eliminate many of the symptoms, such as bleeding gums, that are problematic with gum disease. Gingivitis, Gum Disease and Your MouthWhen you have gingivitis, it is paramount that you keep up with the prescribed treatments that we provide you with. Brushing, flossing and using the recommended products or medication is essential. Even in the event that your mouth or gums become irritated, it is important to continue the treatment. We recommend that you contact our office if you experience any abnormal irritation or increased bleeding from your gums. This allows us to help monitor what is going on and make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed. When you are affected by gingivitis or gum disease, you have to understand that the solution is not going to be as simple as taking a pill or two every couple of hours. You are going to have to create, implement and follow through with a strict oral hygiene routine. This could mean using a gum stimulator to help massage the gums in-between brushings and throughout the day. This will help combat the gum disease by helping to increase blood flow, which gives your gums the best possible chance they can, to heal. We are always here to help. If you have questions or concerns about gum disease, gingivitis or any other oral condition, please do not hesitate to ask. We can help you find a solution to virtually any oral condition and can provide you with the necessary information you need, to make an informed choice. At the end of the day, your oral health is what is important, and we will do everything we can to ensure that you are provided with the best chance have a happy, healthy mouth and gums....
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