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Posts for: December, 2011
Answer: This may surprise you...gums disease is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. And you can have gum disease like perodontitis and gingivitis without any noticeable symtoms. Gum disease like periodontitis not only leads to tooth loss, but also bone loss, and is a source of infection for the entire body!
Are bleeding gums normal sometimes?
Answer: No! Bleeding gums are never normal. Bleeding is a sign of gum tenderness, irritation, and infection. Think of gum tissue as you would the skin on your hands. If your nails bled every time you used a nail brush to clean them, you would instinctively know "something" was wrong. The same holds true when it comes to your gums. Bleeding causes bacteremia which is the presence of bacteria in the blood. Bleeding gums is one of the signs of periodontitis and gingivitis.
Do your gums bleed easily? It might be because of something simple, like using the wrong technique when you brush or floss. Or it could be a sign of a health condition you need to check out.
Common Causes of Bleeding Gums
You may have bleeding gums if you:
- Have gingivitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the gums
- Brush too hard or your toothbrush isn't soft enough
- Just started a flossing routine and your gums aren't used to it yet
- Take certain medications, like blood thinners
- Have inflamed gums because you're pregnant (pregnancy gingivitis)
- Have dentures that don't fit well
- Faulty dental restorations
ANSWER: Yes! Often we can detect the first stages of osteoporosis based on dental xrays, a review of your medical history and a comprehensive oral exam. Bone loss, excessive tooth loss, loose or ill-fitting dentures and gum disease can provide clues to the possibility of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can also accelerate gum disease.
ANSWER: An untreated cavity is a common cause of tooth infection. As the cavity erodes the enamel, it works its way into the nerve center of the tooth. Once the nerve becomes infected, a root canal treatment is the only way to remove the infected nerve and save the tooth.
Infections inside the teeth do not respond to antibiotic treatment! Nerve inflammation caused by the infection restricts the tooth's blood supply, so antibiotics can't easily reach the infected area. When ignored, the infection spreads to the surrounding jawbone and can then travel to other parts of the body. This can overtax your immune system and can be potentially life-threating. Routine 6-month exams can help prevent dental infections from happening in the first place!
QUESTION: Why do we need to care for baby teeth if they fall out anyways.
ANSWER: Premature loss of baby teeth will interfere with chewing and can affect the child's nutrition. It also can lead to drifting of adjacent teeth and closure of some of the space needed for the incoming teeth, causing crowding of the permanent teeth. Baby teeth are even more prone to decay than permanent teeth and, because they serve many important functions, they need to be cared for just as much as permanent teeth!