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5 Ways To Stop Bleeding Gums

Have you ever noticed inflamed gums or slight bleeding while you brush or floss? Like many individuals, you may have ignored the inflammation and blood until one day you realized that the problem only got worse. If you’re feeling alarmed, it’s for a good reason. According to the National Library of Medicine, bleeding gums is an early sign of gum diseasethat requires a sense of urgency and treatment. After noticing signs of gum inflammation and/or bleeding, it’s critical that you make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. Though your appointment maybe a few days or even weeks away, there are steps you can take to reduce the inflammation and stop the bleeding in the meantime. Check out our methods below! Improve your diet Improving your diet means one thing: eating healthier. Throw out the sugary foods and candy that are not only hurting your gums but hurting your entire body. Your gums require good nutrition to stay healthy. Consider increasing your intake of vitamin…

The Best and Worst Summer Drinks for Your Teeth

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It’s no secret that bathing your teeth in sugary drinks can lead to cavities. But in this season of piña coladas and mojitos, we wanted to know just how bad are our favorite summer refreshers? We asked Priyanka Patel, DMD, a general dentist in Chicago, to weigh in. Lemonade: This classic summer go-to for picnics, barbeques and kiddie entrepreneurs is problematic more for its high acidity than its sugar (though that’s trouble too). Lemons are the most acidic of all citrus fruits. “Acid can be more damaging than sugar, because it breaks down tooth enamel, making it easier for bacteria to come in,” says Dr. Patel. What’s more, lemonade made with preservatives tends to be high in sugar—up to 40 grams (that’s 10 teaspoons!) per serving—but if you make your own fresh batch, you can opt for a lighter touch. Dr. Patel also suggests flavoring water with lemon rind, sliced cucumber, or berries as a tooth-friendly alternative. Wine: All wines, especially red, have tannins, which …

When To Start Brushing Babies Teeth

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Early dental care for children is very important. Although most babies do not have visible teeth for the first six months to one year of their lives, good dental care starts from the very beginning. Baby teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent adult teeth, but neglect of your child’s first teeth may lead to serious health issues.

In making sure your child has proper dental care, you will help to safeguard their smile, and also assist them in building a lifetime of good oral care habits.
Before Tooth Eruption The first baby teeth start to show up at around six months old and will likely appear in the front of the mouth. But even before they arrive, you need to keep your baby’s mouth clean. Using a clean, warm, moistened cloth or a piece of sterile gauze, gently wipe your baby’s gums with your index finger. Be thorough, but use light pressure. The goal is to remove any food particles or milk film from their gums.
Teething Teething can be frustrating for a baby and their parents. It b…

Dental Care Tips For College

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College is an exciting time for young adults. It’s the start of independence, finding themselves, adulthood, and developing a real routine, but one thing that many seem to forget is their oral hygiene. Dental health is important and can affect you for the rest of your life. Here are several ways to ace your next dental exam.  Habits to Develop Replace your toothbrush regularly- Your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months or at the start of each semester. If your toothbrush is worn out with frayed bristles, it won’t clean your teeth as well. The ADA recommends using a toothbrush that fits your mouth with soft bristles.
Brush your teeth twice a day- Brushing your teeth twice a day should be a top priority if you want to remove any plaque and prevent cavities. An easy schedule for on-the-go college students to follow is to brush after breakfast and before bed.
Floss at least once a day- This should go hand in hand with brushing twice a day since flossing is also an essentia…

3 Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

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Tooth Tip Tuesday 3 Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth! Wisdom teeth can drive patients to the brink of desperate pain relief. One sign of pain in the back of the jaw usually means impacted wisdom teeth. There are an array of symptoms and signs that will alert you something is not right. Once you have an assumption something is wrong, it’s time to take action! Three primary signs of impacted wisdom teeth: 1. Toothache, sharp pains coming from the back of the mouth.
2. Swelling around the jaw.
3. Tender, swollen, bleeding red gums. Other common signs would be: 1. Bad Breathe
2. Headache, pain between jaw & skull. Known as TMJ
3. Unpleasant taste in your mouth.
4. Swollen glands.
5. Difficult opening mouth.
6. Even ear aches. Call to Action: If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call out office at (502) 633-2229

Other Things (besides flossing) That You Can Do With Dental Floss!

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What You Eat Affects Your Teeth...How?

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When most of us think of the affect of food on our teeth, we probably think of the age-old wisdom that sugar causes tooth decay. And while sugar is a notorious culprit, there are many other ways that the foods you eat affect your teeth, & not all of it is bad news.

First of all, it’s good to review how sugar actually causes cavities. It’s not the sugar itself that’s responsible for decay. Sugar acts as a food source for bacteria on your teeth & gums, which digest it & turn it into an acidic byproduct you’ve probably already heard of, called plaque. Plaque is sticky & adheres to your teeth, where its acids start to dissolve the hard outer layer of your teeth called enamel. Bacteria can then get into this hole in the enamel & start to destroy the inside of the tooth, causing toothaches & abscesses that require treatment from your dentist (root canals, tooth extractions, etc).

Clearly, it’s a good idea to avoid sugar as much as possible & to brush & floss…