Tuesday, November 13, 2007

GUM DISEASE

Gum (Periodontal) Disease
Periodontal disease (infection of the gum tissue and bones surrounding teeth) is an increasing health risk which will not go away by itself, but requires professional treatment.

What Is It?

Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection that is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless and develops slowly, a person may not be aware that the infection exists.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria (germs) that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can eventually damage the gums and the bone surrounding the teeth.

Bleeding Gums Are Not Normal!
In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums become red, swell, and bleed easily. The disease is still reversible at this stage, and can usually be eliminated by careful daily brushing and flossing. In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth become seriously damaged. If the disease is left untreated, it can eventually lead to loss of teeth.What are the signs of gum disease?
Any of the following conditions may indicate the presence of gum disease, and a dentist or dental specialist called a periodontist should be consulted.

If the gums:
· bleed when brushing teeth
· are red, swollen or tender
have pulled away from the teeth
Or if one of the following conditions is present:
bad breath that doesn't go away
pus between teeth and gums
loose teeth
a change in the way the teeth fit together when biting
a change in the fit of partial dentures
Remember that pain usually is not present in the early stages of gum disease.

Other Risk Factors for Gum Disease
Although bacterial plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, other risk factors can affect the health of gums and increase the chances of contracting the disease. Some of those factors include smoking, stress, certain medications, diabetes, poor nutrition, clenching or grinding teeth, hormonal fluctuations, and a genetic pre-disposition. Regular check-ups with a dentist and/or consultation with a periodontal specialist are especially important if any of these risk factors are present.

How to Prevent Gum Disease:
Gum disease can be prevented by taking good care of teeth and by having regular dental checkups that include a periodontal examination. A little time invested in prevention of this disease can improve dental and general health and can help minimize dental expenses.

Here are some suggestions to help keep teeth, gums and supporting bone structures healthy:
1. Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day. This removes the film of plaque (germs) from the teeth. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is in good condition and anti-plaque toothpaste. Rinsing will not remove the sticky bacterial plaque.
2. Clean between teeth every day. Cleaning between teeth with floss or interdental cleaners removes bacteria and food particles from between the teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. Early gum disease can often be reversed by daily brushing and flossing.
3. Eat a balanced diet. Choose a variety of foods from the basic food groups, such as breads, cereals and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; and dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Limit between-meal snacks and candy. Avoid excessive use of sweetened soda pop.
4. Visit the dentist regularly. It is important to have regular dental checkups, which include a thorough periodontal exam. Professional cleaning is essential to prevent periodontal diseases. Once you have been treated for periodontal disease, these maintenance visits are especially important.
5. Avoid use of tobacco. Tobacco use can inflame gum tissue and aggravate existing periodontal disease.

Treating Gum Disease
Periodontal Scaling:
Once gum disease has begun to destroy the gum and bone around teeth, an ordinary cleaning will not be enough to stop the progress of the infection. A procedure called periodontal scaling, which is more extensive and time-consuming than routine cleaning, becomes necessary. It removes plaque and tartar that are causing the infection below the gum line. Root planing smoothes the root surfaces, which allows the gum tissue to heal and to reattach to the tooth.

Other Surgery: When deep pockets of infection persist after periodontal scaling, corrective surgery or other treatment may be needed. Surgical treatment is designed to correct defects by reshaping or by regenerating new, healthy bone and gums.

After treatment, it is critical that patients practice good oral hygiene and that they seek regular professional maintenance care in the dental or periodontal office.

Health Note: Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, low birth weight in babies and other health problems, so it is a condition that should be taken seriously.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bad Breath


You are enjoying yourself at a party and when you notice a hottie.

He is dark, tall and handsome …wow... This looks like he absolutely has it all and who knows if you will ever run into him again?? In fact you cannot pass up the opportunity to speak immediately.

You finally gain some courage to approach him. Your Voice Trembles and the butterflies in your stomach don’t hold you back making you to say,

“Hello”

He returns to you and says,

“Hi”

The very moment you feel like you are about to faint. It is not because you are talking to the best looking guy at the bar, but it stinks (Horrible Smell due to bad breath).

God!!

His Breath could make you to collapse to the floor.

For sure you would not kiss him if someone gave money to do so. You will try to hold your head high and quickly walk away.After this experience, you still want to be sure that your breath is always kissable?

Do this..

Brush your teeth and tongue regularly twice a day. You can turn your tooth brush sideways to brush your tongue.

By using your tooth brush you can also accomplish the same thing what you do with tongue brush.

Rinse with Listerine after brushing, water with mint is always good.

Try to breathe herbs such as peppermint, cloves, or spearmint.


Tooth Pastes not only keeps your breath fresh, but it also serves the below 3 functions

1.) Cleans a diamond ring

2.) Removes Lipstick from fabric

3.) Dehydrates and clears zits.

But also remember toothpastes used more than 2 times a day can also cause Bad breath because it causes dryness of mouths.

Any queries are welcome.

Virtual Dentistry: This is Not Your Daddy’s Dental Education

DentalBlogs reported earlier in the year that the NYU School of Dentistry adopted digital textbooks, but today’s educational dental technology goes much deeper. Instructors agree that virtual dentistry is the wave of the Future.

So here is a blog which solves all your questions from the Big world of dentistry. Doesnt matter if u r a student, patient or even a dentist.

so keep posting all your questions and all your questions will be answered in 1 working day.

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