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Bleeding Gums

Everything You Wanted To Know About Bleeding Gums

It’s never a great moment when you notice traces of blood in the sink after brushing or flossing. The source of this blood is usually your gums. Bleeding gums can have many causes, some of which are temporary and some of which need a little more attention. In this post, we’re going to details what causes bleeding gums, what you can do about it, and when it’s time for you to visit a dentist.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the most common cause of bleeding gums. It is the first stage of gum disease and results from not brushing or flossing your teeth regularly. When you neglect your oral health, plaque, containing bacteria, builds up on your teeth. This bacteria spread, irritating your gums which is what causes them to bleed.

Thankfully, early stages of gingivitis can be reversed with good brushing and flossing habits as well as regular visits to the dentist.

Medications

Some medicines can increase the likeliness of your gums to bleed. Common medicines including blood thinners, like Tylenol, are especially likely to cause bleeding.

Pregnancy

Changes in hormones can affect your entire body and your gums are no different. Pregnancy gingivitis can lead to swollen and sensitive gums that may bleed after brushing or flossing. Symptoms should clear up after pregnancy.

New Toothbrush Or Routine

A new toothbrush with firmer bristles may cause your teeth to bleed. Your gums may also be irritated if you are brushing too hard.

Changes in flossing habits can also be the reason for bleeding gums. Whether you start flossing more often, or simply skipped a few days, changes in this routing can cause irritation and you may notice some bleeding. Once your body readjusts to the (good) habits, the bleeding should cease. This shouldn’t take longer than about a week.

What You Can Do About Bleeding Gums

There are several steps you can take to sooth your gums if they have started bleeding recently:

  • Make sure to brush and floss twice a day
    • Brushing and flossing remove bacteria from your teeth and mouth. Gums sometimes stop bleeding completely with regular flossing and brushing.
  • Consider your toothbrush
    • It’s best to use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
    • You may also consider buying an electric toothbrush as they are more effective at removing plaque and bacteria from your gums than a regular toothbrush.
  • Eat a healthy diet
    • The foods and drinks you consume play an important role in your oral health. Enjoy sugars and starches in moderation. Sugar in particular is the perfect breeding ground for plaque to form. Try to brush after enjoying these snacks so that the sugar doesn’t have time to stick around.
  • Avoid tobacco
    • Tobacco products destroy all aspects of your health including your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly
    • You should try to visit your dentist once every six months for teeth cleaning. During cleanings, dentists and dental hygienists will remove built up plaque on your teeth.

When to See a Dentist

If you start practicing good habits, for example by brushing and flossing twice a day, your teeth may stop bleeding on their own.

If your teeth bleed continuously, for example after every time you brush your teeth for a few weeks in a row, it might be time to visit the dentist.

Other signs of gum disease that would warrant a visit to the dentist include:

  • Gums that are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
  • Bad breath, or constant bad taste in your mouth
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth align

If you notice any of these signs or experience any of these symptoms, you should consult with a dentist as soon as possible. Gum disease is reversible but only if you catch it in its early stages.

 

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What To Do When You Encounter A Broken Tooth

What to do when you encounter a broken tooth.

It’s all fun and games until someone breaks a tooth. If you do break a tooth you should try to see a dentist as soon as possible. Until you get into the dentists chair, there are several steps you can take to minimize the damage.

What To Do When You Encounter A Broken Tooth

  • If possible, try to save the loose piece(s) of your broken tooth.
  • Get a glass of warm water, add some salt, and use it to rinse your mouth properly.
  • If the pain is unbearable, take an over-the-counter pain relieving medication.
  • If available, get some medical gauze and apply some light pressure on the affected area for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the bleeding finally stops.
  • Get some ice and wrap it around a towel. Keep your mouth closed, and place this ice-filled towel over the area where you broke your tooth. This will help you reduce some of the pain and swelling before you see a dentist.
  • If you absolutely need to eat something, be sure to carefully eat soft foods. Refrain from biting down on anything with your broken tooth.

Lastly:

  • Book an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible! A dental care professional will be able to provide you with the proper treatment to dutifully repair your broken tooth.
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How Often Do I Really Have To Visit The Dentist?

You brush and floss daily, steer clear of sugary drinks, and even wear a night guard to keep from grinding – do you really need to see your dentist twice a year?

Are you high risk for cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer? While it might be tempting to believe there’s nothing wrong with taking your oral care into your own hands, only your dentist will know for sure, and they can determine how often they need to see you in their chair.

It’s true that there are a handful of folks with low risk of cavities or gum disease who will be able to get away with fewer visits, but they are the exception to the rule. In general, you should aim for at least two visits a year, unless your dentist recommends otherwise. People at high risk for dental disease may need to see their oral care team every three to four months, or more.

A good cleaning helps remove the build up of plaque or other material between teeth and below the gum line that your regular brushing and flossing may have missed. Plus, who doesn’t love that “fresh from the dentist” feeling? Plaque and tartar build up is relatively easy to remove after six months, but going longer between cleanings requires a more thorough job, and longer time in the chair.

Outside of ensuring your teeth are clean and tartar free, the idea behind regular visits is twofold: prevention and monitoring. The goal is to catch small problems early and keep track of them before they can develop into something more serious.

Children should see the dentist as early as one year, or at least six months from the eruption of their first tooth, although some dentists prefer to wait until the child has all of their primary teeth (typically, by age three). Even children as young as six months are susceptible to tooth decay. Contact your dentists office to find out their policy.

What’s the state of your dental health? Talk to your dentist about how often you should be seen for cleanings and checkups, but (at least) two visits a year is a small price to pay to prevent avoidable complications from poor dental hygiene.

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Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes, if left untreated or managed properly, not only can affect parts of the body such as your eyes and feet but also your teeth and gums. Here are some ways that Diabetes can affect your oral health.

Tooth Decay (cavities)

The sticky substance that forms on your teeth (plaque), contains bacteria and when combined with the sugar and starches in your mouth, acids are formed which can gradually destroy your teeth and result in a cavity. The higher your blood sugar levels, the greater supply of sugar to the bacteria results in a greater risk for decay. These high sugar levels may also help bacteria to survive.

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

If plaque builds up over time, it hardens into calcium deposits that can cause your gums to become inflamed or swollen. This in turn, if left untreated, can spread to the underlying bone and result in periodontal disease. Diabetics have a harder time fighting infection and slower healing time, therefore gingivitis and periodontal disease tend to be more severe in people afflicted with this condition.

Dry Mouth

A decrease in saliva flow in the mouth caused by high glucose levels increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Improving your blood sugar level can help restore salivary flow.

Yeast Infections of the mouth (Thrush)

Excess sugar in the saliva resulting from poorly controlled diabetes can lead to a buildup of fungus called Candida albincans and can cause thrush. Watch for creamy white patches on your tongue or inner cheek. This infection can also spread to other parts of your mouth or throat. Working with your health care professional to keep your blood glucose under control can help preserve your oral health. Maintaining a consistent oral hygiene routine including regular brushing of your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste, regular floss use and following a healthy diet will also help.

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Is Dental Reconstruction Right For You?

Do you live with headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder pain, clicking of the jaw, or tinnitus (ringing in the ear)? You’re not alone. Many people suffer from discomfort on a daily basis, without knowing the root cause of the issue.

This kind of pain can occur as a result of several situations – an accident involving trauma to your head and neck, genetics, missing teeth, poor oral hygiene, or chipped, worn down or broken teeth.

Over time, improperly balanced daily forces on your jaw – chewing, grinding, and the like – can cause strain on the hard and soft tissues of your mouth, head, and neck. Dental reconstruction aims to correct, realign and balance these forces into a normal position through various means.

– Crowns

– Bridges

– Veneers

– Resin fillings

– Dental implants

– Extractions

– Orthodontics

Often, patients refer to dental reconstruction in order to restore their once young and vibrant smile. Overtime, unusual wear and tear of the teeth and jaw can change the appearance of your face and mouth.

If you find yourself suffering from the any of the above ailments, we would like to help. Reconstructive dentistry will boost your confidence and get you smiling once again!

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Door 2 Door Service For Senionrs

At Dentistry on 7, we understand how difficult and stressful it can be for senior citizens to get to dental appointments on time when relying on public transit or other means of transportation. But we have great news! In conjunction with Door 2 Door Dental, we are proud to announce a new, free travel service for seniors!

It’s our mission to help seniors achieve and maintain a high caliber of dental care without worrying about relying on unpredictable transit and associated safety risks. That is why we have joined with Door 2 Door Dental to help take the stress out of getting to and from your dental appointments.

Dentistry on 7 is one of the foremost dental clinics serving seniors across York Region, providing complete dental care, including exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, night guards and snore guards. Our team of specialists include oral surgeons, periodontists and endodontists, and we are fully capable of responding to any dental emergency on short notice.

Our family friendly, high-tech facility proudly provides an on-site Denture Specialist, an expert whose work focuses on dental implants and complete denture services, including repairs, relines and soft liners.

If you or someone you love is a senior who has difficulty getting to their dental appointments, Door 2 Door offers a professional service that ensures you arrive to your appointment on time. And we will be glad to remind you of your appointment date, as well as co-ordinate your transportation. Contact us today!

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How To Make Your Dentures Last Longer

You may not have been born with them but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat your dentures to the same level of health care you do your natural teeth. The average lifespan of a pair of dentures is about five to seven years, but be kind to them and they will give you many years of happy chomping.

Following these simple Do’s and Don’ts will go a long way to helping you extend the life of your dentures.

Do! Scrub your dentures at least twice a day using a cleaner specifically formulated for dentures (most commercial toothpastes can damage dentures) and a soft bristle toothbrush to remove food particles. Steer clear of harsh cleaners and stiff bristled brushes that can damage the material.

Do! Try to make a habit of thoroughly rinsing your dentures after every meal.

Do! Treat them gently when they aren’t in your mouth. Fill the sink with water and lay a folded towel in it when you have to handle your dentures to lessen the chance of them breaking if they fall.

Do! Give them a good soak with a specially formulated dental cleanser. This will also keep them from drying out when you aren’t planning on wearing them for any extended period, especially if you leave them out overnight. Soaking is not a substitute for brushing, though. You still need to brush to remove that icky build up of plaque.

Do! Watch what you eat. You don’t have to give up all your favorite indulgences but certain foods – like sticky candy, steak, and nuts, to name a few – you’d do better to steer clear of, or at least limit your portions.

Don’t! Use whitening agents – the chemicals involved are abrasive and can cause irreparable damage.

Don’t! Forget to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Not only do they keep a keen eye on your overall oral health, they will help to ensure your denture fits properly.

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The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry

For some, odontophobia, or fear of dentists, is more than a convenient excuse to opt out of a regular routine check-up. The extreme anxiety associated with a visit to the dentist is enough to keep people away from professional oral care for a lifetime. We all know how dangerous neglecting your oral health can be. From gingivitis to oral cancer, your dental team is the first line of defense for a happy mouth. Sedation dentistry is the best solution, easing patient anxieties and fears so they can benefit from the necessary health care the dentist has to offer. As the name suggests, sedation dentistry uses medications to help a patient reach the relaxed state necessary for the dentist to proceed with their dental procedure. Sedatives are usually used to relieve anxiety, stress, and promote a relaxing, anxiety-free experience. Outside of helping individuals overcome their anxieties surrounding dental visits, sedation dentistry offers several benefits for both dentists and patients alike.

Pain Free

Patients under sedation have an increased pain threshold, which allows the dentist to perform complicated procedures with little or no anesthesia. Limiting the use of anesthesia can also result in lesser fees.

Appointments Feel Lightening Fast

People often comment that when under sedation their appointment seemingly lasted only a few minutes, when in fact it may have taken hours.

Longer Procedures = Fewer Appointments

Under sedation, you are able to endure longer sessions without discomfort and the exhaustion of keeping your mouth open for long periods of time. This means the dentist can work more easily and do a more thorough job, in essence decreasing the number of required visits per year. Complex procedures that normally last over a period of several appointments can be completed in one, saving you time and money. As with any medical procedure, however, there are a few associated risks. Most important to note, the biggest risk involves taking other medications. A patient taking other medications may experience unusual side effects if sedated. We recommend full disclosure of medical history, including medicines taken, be made with the dentist before undergoing sedation dentistry.

For more information, or to find out if Sedation Dentistry is the right option for you, contact Denistry on 7 today for a complimentary consultation.

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The Best Oral Health Travel Tips You Need To Know For Your Summer Vacation

You work hard all week, month, year long – you deserve a little R&R for your troubles. But you can’t take a vacation from your oral health. Take these oral care tips to along when you’re leaving on a jet plane (or hitting the road) for your grand summer adventure – your teeth will surely thank you.

Pack It Properly

Your toothbrush needs to stay dry, or else it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Air it out before you leave, and pack it in a travel container that is large enough to provide good air circulation, and has holes for drainage and ventilation. Take it out of the case as soon as you get where you’re going. PS: Clean that case when you get home! Or at least before you use it again.

Pack Portable Products

In lieu of carting around your entire oral care routine, pick up products made with travel in mind. Collapsible toothbrushes and disposable flossers don’t take up much space and can fit in your carry-on.

Watch What You Eat

You’re on vacation – its time to cut loose and act like a tourist! Which also means its time to eat like a tourist. From sugary sweet cocktails to that oh-so-tempting dessert buffet, we tend to overindulge our sweet tooth when we go on holiday. As hard as it might seem, try to limit the number of treats you allow yourself a day, and make sure to clean your teeth well or chew sugarless gum if you can’t get to your brush after your meal.

Make Sure The Water Is Fine

In some countries the water might be just fine for washing your hands and face, but might not be safe for drinking. If the local water isn’t safe to drink, it’s not safe for oral care either, so have bottled or boiled water ready in the bathroom.

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