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What Cause Bleeding Gums? Gingivitis Periodontitis

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

No one likes the sight of blood, especially in our mouths.

It looks frightening – becomes an unsightly mess and makes us worry.

Occasionally, however, a little bit of bleeding from your gums is normal and even expected, especially when we are vigorously brushing or flossing our teeth. It’s not necessarily something we should panic about, but if your gums bleed regularly or without you really doing anything to unsettle them, it may require further inspection here at Abbotsford Dental. After all, and without trying to alarm you, bleeding gums could be a symptom of a number of dental issues, but most commonly, a clear sign of gum disease. On the other hand, and to back away from such a direct statement, things such as injury or infections can also lead to gum bleeding, so when it comes down to it, you shouldn’t try to self-diagnose or Google it.

It’s always best to let us take a look.

Below, and for some peace of mind, we have collated some relevant information regarding the onset or continuing nature of your bleeding gums, and treatment plans in trying to rectify it. As a side note, and quite unfortunately (at least when it comes to early detection) if your bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, many are unaware of such a condition, as there isn’t really any pain or discomfort until it becomes more severe. Obviously, if you know what to look for, or have scheduled regular check ups at Abbotsford dental, we will be able to identify any risk factors or gum disease early on in its development, and prevent it from worsening.

Again, bleeding gums are usually the first sign of gum disease, and although it is easy to disregard or write off as perhaps brushing too hard, it should always be seen by a dental professional.

Sometimes, bleeding of your gums will also be accompanied by other, unsettling symptoms. Things such as painful tenderness, red and swollen gums that remain that way over a period of time, an increase in tooth sensitivity, and the onset of bad breath can all signify something amiss.

If my gums are bleeding, does it really mean I have gum disease

As discussed above, yes, it is the most common symptom, but there are other reasons as to why your gums would bleed.

They are as follows:

  • Brushing or flossing too hard
  • Dentures that do not fit properly or have become dislodged
  • A vitamin deficiency
  • Mouth sores
  • Medications such as blood thinners
  • Clotting and bleeding disorders
  • Pregnancy gingivitis (as opposed to regular gingivitis) which can arise from hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • And medical issues such as leukemia, heart conditions, diabetes, or scurvy can also cause your gum to bleed

As you can see, there are quite a few reasons outside the diagnosis of gum disease as to why your gums may bleed, so if you find yourself bleeding often, it is best to visit us here at Abbotsford Dental in order to rule out anything serious. From there, the right treatment plan will be implemented, and we will have you back to full health where your gums are in good shape and rarely bleed.

It’s time to smile again.

Gum Disease Treatment

Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

If it is the case that you have the beginnings of gum disease, don’t stress, for our dentists know exactly what to do. The most effective form of treatment is to remove the plaque from your teeth, first and foremost, in order to prevent it from returning. Plaque, as you may be aware of, is a kind of bacteria that causes gum disease over time, by wearing your enamel and overall oral health into the ground. When dental plaque builds up, it turns into a hard and gluey substance that binds to your teeth, which not only looks unappealing and sounds awful, but is ultimately a damaging process that contributes greatly to dental complications. This is known as tartar, and tartar can lead to gum disease over time when you don’t clean your teeth properly and rid them of it. Again, you should see your dentist at the Abbotsford Dental Clinic with the first signs of any abnormal gum bleeding, and they will subsequently take care of any plaque or tartar present. It may sound dramatic, but if you act quickly and efficiently, visiting us here at Abbotsford Dental may prevent your gum disease (if that’s what it is) from developing into gingivitis or periodontal disease.

They, naturally, require further treatment.

Luckily, we can prevent those two scenarios from happening, and even if your gum disease is in an advanced stage, your dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment, such as periodontal therapy or dental surgery to maintain and control the issue.

There really is no excuse to ignore bleeding gums so come in and talk to us today.

Tips to prevent and stop bleeding gums

Like any form of preventive dental care, there are things you can do at home to ensure you are mostly free from the plight of bleeding gums, plaque build up, or even the development or tartar and infection.

Here are just a few

  • Brush properly with a soft toothbrush. Brush for 2 minutes and at least twice a day, especially after heavy meals
  • Floss once a day. Make sure to floss beyond your gum line to reach even more plaque in hard to reach places
  • Use a cold compress to control the bleeding in the short term
  • Use salt water and hydrogen peroxide to rinse the mouth in order to keep the area and surrounding tissue clean
  • Be mindful that tobacco will aggravate and even worsen gum bleeding
  • Limit your sugar and carbonated food and drink intake and strive to eat a balanced meal
  • Have your dentures aligned when required

Visit our General Dentistry in Abbotsford to find out more.

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Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Treating Crooked Teeth

At Abbotsford Dental, we know that crooked teeth are not only noticeable, but they can also lead to trouble down the line. In, fact crooked teeth can be both a cosmetic issue and a dental predicament that can worsen and become a health problem over time. Obviously, the visual aspect of having teeth that don’t align properly will be the first reason you consider having them corrected, but keep in mind, a prolonged period of crooked teeth can certainly lead to unwanted dental complications. Both children and adults can suffer from the plight of crooked or misaligned teeth or a bite that doesn’t align, but the good news is that the Abbotsford Dental team can easily treat anyone with such a dental complaint, and restore your teeth and smile to a healthier, brighter (and much straighter) version.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

At Abbotsford Dental, we consider all the possibilities and outcomes that revolve around the issue of crooked teeth. That being said, the main and perhaps fundamental reason that teeth become crooked in the first place, is because of the way that your adult teeth grow in after your baby teeth have fallen out. During this otherwise exciting time, the adult teeth that grow in first without other teeth to keep them aligned can appear in ways you don’t want them to. Then, as more and more teeth appear, they end up working against each other where they are all vying to push their way through the compromised gaps, which means they do not always grown in ‘straight’ or as they should.

It happens.

Do you need Alignment for Crooked Teeth?If crooked teeth are plaguing you later in life, many adults can succumb to a similar concern, but this time…in reverse. When there is tooth loss or missing teeth, either from trauma or a professional extraction, your remaining teeth will naturally start to shift to fill the gap that is left behind. More room to move? Yep, you guessed it. Crooked teeth as a result of unwanted shifting and internal maneuvering.

Sometimes, the unpleasantness of a TMJ disorder that affects the movement of the jaw and the surrounding muscles can lead to crooked teeth, as can a cleft palate. These are more unique problems, but at Abbotsford Dental, we can work closely with you to discuss your options.

Are Crooked Teeth that Big of a Deal?

In short, yes.

Crooked teeth can lead to some nasty and unwanted issues and side effects that can be mostly avoided. There are treatments available and professionals ready to work on your crooked and misaligned smile, and that’s what we’re here to do. At Abbotsford Dental, in fact, we know that when your teeth are healthy and properly aligned, they can be taken for granted perhaps, in the way they allow your to speak clearly and unencumbered, while also performing other day-to-day activities such as eating. Teeth that are noticeably crooked, however, obviously can threaten such normal and everyday functions, while not providing the right support or structural balance. This ultimately can lead to muscle and jaw strain, two things you should never have to experience as a result of crooked teeth. You may also find that you are at a greater risk of things like toothache, increased sensitivity, the onset of gingivitis, and continuing tooth decay because, and understandably, it is harder to keep crooked teeth clean and properly cared for.

Keeping Crooked Teeth Straight

Enter the orthodontist

Orthodontics, although a mouthful, is a specialized field of dentistry that specifically deals with the issues surrounding your questionable tooth alignment, correcting your bite, or misaligned jaw. They are here to help straighten your teeth first and foremost, and as such, both adults and children can benefit from the available treatments they provide. At the Abbotsford Dental Clinic, there are several treatments that reside within this specialized field of dentistry, which include the introduction of orthodontic retainers, braces, and aligner trays. At Abbotsford Dental, we understand the stigma involved with braces, and historically, there was perhaps a justified reason. Braces in more primitive eras of dentistry were highly visible, painful, and ultimately, an uncomfortable form of orthodontic treatment. Modern braces, however, as most things that benefit from new technology and research, are a far more efficient and less intrusive form of treatment, and much more comfortable, while looking less noticeable and easily concealed.

So, essentially, you’re having your teeth aligned while the world is none the wiser. That’s a good combination!

Aligner trays are another discrete and mostly comfortable way of treating your crooked teeth, and since they can be easily removed, they are quite convenient when it comes to the practices and continual nature of good, oral hygiene habits.

Another option that is often overlooked as well, for whatever reason, is the implementation of veneers. If you have crooked teeth but your dentist at Abbotsford Dental is confident that they are merely a cosmetic issue, then they may recommend porcelain veneers to not only provide a smooth and well-aligned look for your teeth and smile, but to restore your confidence with moving forward.

The important of Regular Check Ups

It is a good idea for children to have regular dental check ups, because crooked teeth can often be prevented if their new adult teeth are monitored and properly managed. Regular dental check-ups also have a wide range of benefits for adults too, as they can go a long way in preventing tooth loss and decay, and things that ultimately result in your teeth being crooked. This protocol of being vigilant and aware of your oral health will ensure that your teeth and mouth will remain healthy and free from complication in the years to come.

If you play sports, we at Abbotsford Dental highly recommend you wear a mouth guard to prevent any potential damage to your gums and teeth. By following this simple step, it will help prevent any unnecessary tooth loss, or the possibility of chipping or breaking your teeth. Dentist-fit and professionally custom-built mouth guards offer a far better range of protection than the standard boil and bite that are found in chemists and even supermarkets, and at Abbotsford Dental, we can easily construct you a personalized mouthpiece for ultimate protection.

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5 Most Effective Ways To Keep Your Teeth Clean

Health problems can affect everyone, especially oral problems like plaque. Problem is, only few understand what it is.

When the bacteria in the mouth forms a sticky coating on the teeth, it is called plaque. Plaque eats out teeth, causing it to decay and gum disease.

Here are ways you can stop plaque build-up and before it eats up all your teeth.

  • Brushing the right way is the key

It is recommended that we brush our teeth properly at least twice a day — when we get up in the morning and before we go to bed at night. Don’t forget to do it before you sleep as you don’t want the plaque to stick to your teeth all night. Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles, and have a new one every three months.

Now you got the guidelines of the routine down pat, here’s how you should brush your teeth:

proper tooth brushingHold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle from the gum.

  • Make gentle, circular strokes that cover the whole tooth from all sides – top, bottom and both inner and outer sides.
  • Brush for full two minutes will help you clean the complete space of the mouth in a perfect manner.
  • Ensure the bacteria on the top of the tongue is scraped away (with the scraper found on the back  side of the toothbrush).

couple brushing teeth

Try an electronic toothbrush that is more efficient than the manual ones.

  • Clean the space in between teeth

dental prosthetistWe can see the surface of the teeth, so we can brush it thoroughly. But brushing alone may not be enough to remove food stuck in between teeth

For this, you need to use a dental floss. This will reach the niche areas in between the teeth. Besides this, you can try these other dental care products:

  • Plaque Removers made of wooden material
  • Flossers which are available in a pre-threaded manner
  • Straight angled brushes that can reach in between the teeth
  • Water flossers
  • Dental toothpicks

Remember, there is no perfect timing to floss or brush your teeth. Brush and floss as many times a day as possible.

  • Use good quality mouthwash

use mouthwashA good quality anti-bacterial mouthwash prevents plaque buildup consistently. It protects the teeth  by loosening the plaque around them, making it easy to remove through brushing and flossing.

But before you gargle, remember to take care in using a mouthwash. This is especially true if you have a dry mouth. This is because alcohol is one of the main ingredients of a mouthwash. Alcohol does not help in preventing plaque from spreading in the mouth. If the mouth becomes parched due to the wrong usage, it will be hard to remove the sticky plaque from the teeth.

  • Avoid food items rich in starch and sugar

Every time you finish eating, plaques attack the teeth to taste the leftover sugar and starch on the surface. Thus, the more sugar and starch there is on your food, the more intense the   the extent of attack from plaques.

 

donuts bad for teethFoods that are high in sugar and acidic in nature decays the teeth faster. But these are not the only ones you should avoid. The following also attracts plaque, hence, you need to avoid as much as possible:

  • Alcohol;
  • Candies and chocolates, sugar content sticks on teeth;
  • Bread varieties and potatoes which are high in starch;
  • Carbonated drinks

If you ate or drunk any of these, make sure you clean your teeth immediately so you can retain the moisture in them.

Eating snacks between meals is highly harmful to the teeth. Make sure you brush after eating snacks and after every meal, so plaque is removed more frequently. If you don’t have a toothbrush nearby,  chew a sugarless gum instead to keep your teeth clean.

  • Frequent visit to Dentist helps

Visit dentist in Abbotsford at least two times every year. This is akin to a general cleaning of your house, where you can remove the dirt in every nook and cranny. Beyond what we usually do to clean teeth, an expert dentist can clean areas which we could not reach while brushing.

Having a right smile permanently on your face mostly depends on the extent of oral care efforts taken by you.

 

 

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Tooth Ache Remedy While on Vacation

While many suffer from nausea while on the seas or jetlag after flying across the country, a tooth ache is one of the worst pains to get while you are on vacation. Not only can the pain be excruciatingly painful, but it is one of the biggest reasons why a vacation is ruined. If you have the first signs of an infected tooth, then it would be best to postpone the trip or get an appointment with your dentist immediately. Make sure that the dentist prescribes you a prescription pain reliever that you can take with you. Do not ignore the pain and hope that you can ignore it with all of the exciting activities going on. A tooth ache will only get worse with time, and you will not be able to ignore the pain for very long.

If you are flying, then you are much more susceptible to a painful tooth. This is due to the barometric pressure that you encounter when you are up in the air. If you have ever been on a plane then you probably remember that your ears will pop as you go higher and higher into the atmosphere. If you already have an inner ear infection or a sinus problem, then the pressure from your ears will only accumulate into your jaw, causing a tooth ache. If you have dental work done prior to flying, then it is recommended that you stay away from flying for a certain amount of time. Being higher in the atmosphere can cause your new incision to bleed.

While there are certain dental insurance providers that will cover international practitioners and other traveling situations, it is best to stick with a dentist that you know and trust. Try to avoid eating foods that can cause an irritated tooth. Popcorn is one of the leading causes, as well as extremely cold foods. Do not forget to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss for your trip. This will help prevent you from having any type of tooth pain. You will have to check with some flight companies before you pack. Many planes will not allow toothpaste. However, baking soda is allowed, which is an excellent alternative to tooth paste.

While you might have already done so, make sure to pack an extra strength Tylenol for the trip. This will not only help relieve the pain of a possible tooth ache, but any pains that could occur. There are also direct medications that you can apply to the tooth which will numb the area. Any antiseptic that contains Benzocaine will work fine. Remember to never place aspirin directly on your gums, because this can cause your gums to be burned.

The lingering question is if you should seek the help of a dentist while you are in another country or area of your country. If it is an emergency that you are not able to cure with basic remedies, then it is crucial that you seek the help of a professional. Some tooth aches are too severe for you to wait until you arrive back home. While abroad, your dental insurance provider can recommend other practitioners that are under the same coverage and who are reliable.

Courtesy of ezinearticles.com by Joe Stewart

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Tonsil Stones – How to Get Rid of Tonsil Stones and Keep Them Away

Tonsil stones can be frustratingly uncomfortable. In order to know how to get rid of tonsil stones safely however, let’s examine just what a tonsil stone is (these are also called “tonsilloliths”), and then we can have a better understanding of how to keep these away forever. Basically, the condition of having tonsil stones (this condition also called “cryptic tonsils”), is when food particles become lodged in tonsil crypts, which are small, naturally occurring pockets and divots in the surface of the tonsils. These pockets can widen or become smaller depending upon our eating habits, whether we eat spicy, sour or mild foods and such, or even if we become a bit under the weather.

Not unlike the way that an oyster can get a particle of sand stuck inside his shell with him, and then secretes a substance to form around it and create a pearl, mucus then forms around these particles and hardens, eventually even calcifying to form these white to yellowish-white things called tonsil stones. Now that we’ve nailed down exactly what these are, we can get down to the business of how to get rid of tonsil stones. I should say here that I don’t suggest you do anything potentially dangerous to yourself, so let me say… have your doctor flake these away with a tongue depressor. It can be a little tricky, but these can come away easily – often, you may have coughed up a piece of them before.

Alright, that’s how to get rid of tonsil stones, but how to we keep them gone for good? Well, the tonsil crypts, the pockets or divots in the surface of your tonsils where a tonsil stone can take root, can be shrunk down naturally once the tonsil stones have been removed. This is pretty much done in a similar way to how these have become widened in the first place, by what you eat and drink, and that is how to keep tonsil stones away. But should we have to completely change our diet?

Well, an extreme dietary change is really not necessary at all, simply because certain salad herbs and herbal teas that naturopathic herbal medicine and CTM (Chinese Traditional Medicine) can offer, usually do the trick rather quickly, and quite naturally as well. Natural herbal medicine is the best way to regulate such things naturally, and keeping the surface of your tonsils smooth and healthy is how to keep tonsil stones from returning.

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Nasty Stuff From Tonsils? You Probably Have Tonsil Stones! Learn What They Are and Get Rid of Them!

If you have nasty stuff coming from your tonsils then you are in the right place. Tonsil stones are perhaps one of the nastiest things that our mouths can produce. The interesting thing about tonsil stones is that millions of people have them but very few know exactly what they are. You’ll find plenty of doctors who have no idea what these things are or how they come about. The reason why medical research and diagnosis of tonsil stones has lagged behind other medical issues is simply because they are disgusting. People who have these tonsil stones are too embarrassed to take them to the doctor and figure out what they are. They typically chalk them up to bad oral hygiene and move on with their lives determined to clean their mouths even more thoroughly.

The problem with this resolution is simply the fact that your oral hygiene in the traditional sense cannot stop these tonsil stones from forming. I remember being obsessed with my tonsils as a child and getting them removed. The prospect of receiving unlimited amounts of ice-cream seemed too good to pass up. We usually learn all of our information about our tonsils as a child. We know that they are in our body trap to germs from entering our system. We also know that after a while they harbor germs and can in some cases turn on our bodies and start to harm us requiring their removal, thus the ice cream + removing tonsils story.

Most people, when nasty stuff starts forming on their tonsils think that they have some form of tonsil cancer or have pieces of a tumor breaking off. I know those thoughts certainly crossed my mind! The fowl stenches of these things are unbearable and actually made a friend of my throw-up. The truth of the matter is that there are few simple steps that you can take to reduce the amount of tonsil stones you develop.

First off these nasty white balls develop in the crypts of your tonsils. Yes your tonsils have crypts. Much like a golf ball with several dimples, your tonsils have holes and spaces where food and debris can accumulate. When food, debris, or germs get trapped in these crypts then white blood cells appear and try to attack them “the whitish/yellowish appearance”. This results in a growing and persistent tonsil stone in the back of your throat. You’ll start to feel as though a pearl is being developed and feel it grow every day. No matter how much coughing or gagging you do you really can’t seem to get them to go away without the proper methods.

Here’s where three things come in handy:

1) Buy a water-pik that has a large water-reservoir, a water-pik is basically a water pump connected to a small nozzle that will spray directed streams of water into various sections of your mouth. This is important because you need to make sure you can reach the spaces farther in the back of your throat where the tonsil stones reside.

2) Go to your local food store and buy some Grape Fruit Seed Extract (GSE) and add 2~3 drops of GSE in your water-pik reservoir. GSE acts as a natural antibiotic that will help prevent the growth of future invaders.

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How Do You Cure TMJ?

Have you been experiencing pain behind the eyes? Do you have pricking pain on your cheek bone, temple and cheeks? Popping jaw joints? Clicking jaw joints? You must be suffering from a dental condition called Temporal Mandibular Joint or TMJ. You must have been experiencing Temporal Mandibular Joint pain or jaw pain TMJ.

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Why Being a Dentist Is a Sought After Profession

With the growing times people have realized the need for dental care and dental health is no longer ignored like it was in the past. This has of course led to the cropping up of various types of dental treatment; each has a special function and requires an expert trained in that particular procedure. From restoring dental health, taking preventive measure or providing dental restorative procedure; dentists do it all. They play an important role in maintaining the oral health of a patient and that makes being a dentist, a job that is not only satisfying financially but also ethically. They help people in boosting their self esteem and bringing joy to their life by transforming their smiles.

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Teeth Whitening Before or After Dental Implants?

In this age of mall kiosk teeth-whitening and reality-TV dental makeovers, patients often come into my office with expectations of an instant Hollywood smile. They want dental implants to replace their missing teeth, veneers to improve appearance of existing teeth, and teeth whitening to bring a new glow to their smile.

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Myth 1 – Teeth Whitening ruins your tooth enamel

Not generally true! Professional Teeth Whitening product suppliers mostly use Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide as the active ingredients in their tooth whitener gels. The chemical Hydrogen Peroxide (HO) is a bleaching agent which converts into water (HO) and releases an Oxygen molecule (O) in the process of the chemical reaction. Both Water and Oxygen are common, safe components of our everyday lives.

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