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At Lusk Family Dentistry, we never underestimate the importance of patient education. Not only do we care about the health of our patients, but we know that good oral care is essential for a person’s overall health.
Some of our most common questions are answered below. If you have any other questions, or if you have questions about your specific treatment or oral health in general, please don’t hesitate to ask! We want to help you make informed decisions about the oral health of you and your family.
If your gums bleed after you brush and floss, you might be suffering from gum disease (periodontal disease). Bleeding gums is one of the first signs of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. Gum disease is linked to other diseases as well, so it's not worth waiting for treatment.
Other Signs of Gum Disease
Other signs that you might notice include persistent bad breath, red or swollen gums, receding gums, or in more severe cases, even loosening teeth. It's important that you get the right care before tooth loss occurs, and our experienced team can help you get your gums back to being healthy!
If you think you're suffering from gum disease, your gums are bleeding, or you're experiencing other symptoms, don't hesitate to call our Farmington, NM dentist office.
Occasional bad breath happens to almost everybody. While chronic bad breath (also known as halitosis) might have more serious causes, occasional bad breath can be prevented fairly easily with good oral care.
Bad Oral Care
If you’re not brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day you should reconsider. When you don’t brush after eating, the food particles in your mouth become a breeding ground for bacterial growth, causing you to have bad breath and develop cavities. Brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper is also recommended.
Chronic bad breath could also be a sign of gum disease. Gum (periodontal) disease happens when the bacteria that forms in your mouth as a result of plaque buildup on your teeth causes toxins to develop and irritate your gums. If you think gum disease could be what’s behind your bad breath, call our office — if left untreated, gum disease can lead to very serious damage of your gums and teeth.
Other Bad Breath Factors
Certain medications, salivary gland issues, and mouth breathing can cause dry mouth (xerostomia), which can also lead to bad breath. Dry mouth occurs when you’re not making enough saliva to combat the acids caused by plaque, and it also allows the dead cells that naturally collect on your tongue, cheeks, and gums to build up. When this buildup doesn’t get washed away by your saliva, all those cells start to decompose, causing your breath to smell badly. While this isn’t a long-term solution to chronic dry mouth, certain sugar-free gums and mints can help boost your saliva production.
Bad breath is kind of embarrassing, and we know seeking help for it is a little awkward. But it’s something we’ve all dealt with, or will deal with, and it ties directly to your oral health. If you are concerned that you are suffering from bad breath, call our office for an appointment today.
The American Dental Association recommends that most people visit the dentist twice each year for an examination and cleaning. Patients who have dental issues, such as periodontal disease, might need to come in every three to four months for deep cleanings.
Dental Cleanings and Exams
We know visiting the dentist isn't at the top of your bucket list every 6 months, but it can make all the difference in your oral health. By preventing serious issues from occurring, you'll also be saving yourself time and money down the road. When dental issues go untreated, the expensive and treatments needed can become extensive.
If you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule your appointment for a cleaning, don't hesitate to contact our office today to get started!
Periodontal (gum) diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth become loose and fall out, or need to be extracted.
The longer plaque and tartar are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums that is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. In gingivitis, the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, and regular cleaning by a dental hygienist. This form of periodontal disease does not include any loss of bone or tissue that holds teeth in place.
When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis. In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets in the gums around your teeth that become infected. If not treated, the bones, gums, and tissue that support the teeth are destroyed. The teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer appearing teeth
Any of these symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem. Call our office to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Studies have shown that people with poorly controlled diabetes are at greater risk for dental problems. They're more likely to have infections of their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place, because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums. Having a healthy supply of blood to your gums ensures that they are able to fight off infection quickly.
High blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and make gum disease worse. Less saliva allows for more tooth-decaying bacteria and plaque buildup.
Maintaining Dental Health
Regular dental visits are important. Our team will help you with any questions you may have about maintaining good habits. Practicing good oral hygiene and controlling your blood sugar levels will help your body fight off the bacteria in your mouth that cause gum disease and decay. Call our office today to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam.