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5 Ways to Stop Bleeding Gums

bleeding  gums5 Ways to Stop Bleeding Gums

Keep seeing pink in the sink after you brush? Don’t fall for the popular belief that it’s normal and happens to everyone. Bleeding gums may be a sign of something that’s easily correctable – by brushing less vigorously or flossing every day. But it can also be a warning of something more serious, like periodontal disease or even diabetes. With stakes that high, the smart thing to do is to improve your oral hygiene routine. If your symptoms don’t improve after a couple of weeks, be sure to make an appointment with your dentist.

1. Brush twice a day. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste is an essential way to stop bleeding gums. Make sure you choose a brush head with soft nylon bristles and brush using gentle, circular motions that massage and clean the teeth and gums – back-and-forth motions can actually aggravate gum bleeding.

2. Floss every day. Flossing may be the most important thing you can do at home to prevent the plaque buildup that leads to gum bleeding. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for tips on proper flossing.

3. Use a good mouthwash. Ask your dentist to recommend a good anti-bacterial mouthwash, which can help fight bleeding gums.

4. Keep your tongue clean. A “coated” tongue provides the perfect environment for the bacteria that promotes bleeding gums. Brush your tongue with a tongue cleaner or soft-bristled toothbrush using a front-to-back motion.

5. Eat a well-balanced diet. A diet filled with vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, and B vitamins will help you maintain healthy gums. Limit your snacking between meals, especially carbohydrates and sugars; these feed the dental plaque that causes bleeding gums.

Keep in mind, no matter how scrupulous you are about oral hygiene, a professional dental cleaning is the single most effective way to remove the plaque that causes bleeding gums – so be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year.

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Soda Drinkers More Prone to Cavities

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Dentists can usually spot a soda drinker. These patients are often prone to dental cavities and white spots on their teeth known as decalcifications, which are actually the start of new cavities.
A cavity is an infection caused by a combination of carbohydrate-containing foods or beverages and bacteria that live in our mouths. Sweetened soda contains a high amount of sugar, a carbohydrate that can promote cavities. Soda may be even more damaging to the teeth than other sugar containing beverages because it is acidic as well.
Before we drink a sugar-sweetened soda, the pH in our mouth is about 7.0, which is slightly more acidic than water. When the bacteria in our mouths are exposed to sugar, they metabolize it and produce acid. The acid causes the pH on the tooth surface to drop. At a pH of 5.2 or below, the acid begins to dissolve the hard enamel that forms the outer coating of our teeth. Over time this leads to erosion that causes cavities and painful toothaches!
A study examined the effect of several types of sweetened soda and mineral water on the teeth. Teeth exposed to cola, orange and lime soda had significantly more decalcification than those exposed to mineral water. Of all of the sodas tested, cola caused the most decalcification. Sweetened soda seems to damage teeth in two ways. The soda has a low PH and makes the mouth acidic, and the sugar content promotes tooth decay when it comes into contact with bacteria in the mouth.
The easiest way to prevent cavities is by brushing your teeth at least three times a day, especially after eating or drinking and before bed. Reducing the amount and frequency of eating sugary foods and beverages can decrease the risk of forming cavities.
If you have to have sweetened soda, it is better to drink it at one sitting than sip it throughout the day. Better yet, drink it through a straw in one sitting, to bypass the teeth altogether.

My tooth is a Drama Queen!

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Tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity is a problem for many people.   Dentin hypersensitivity is caused from the exposed dentin  of your tooth.  Symptoms arise  from something too hot, too cold, sour, etc. being placed in your mouth and touching the exposed dentin. The response to the exposed dentin is pain.  This pain can be intense and continue over a period of time and ultimately impact a persons daily life.

There are many treatment options for dentin hypersensitivity that people are unaware of.  Please feel free to contact our office if you would like more information.  We can set up a consult to find the best treatment options for you.

Treatments for dentin hypersensitivity

1.  There are many toothpaste on the market that help with sensitivity.

2.  Laser Treatment- this treatment is currently experimental.

3. Gene Therapy-

4. Fluoride releasing device

5. Multiple Applications of GC tooth Mousse

The dental community continues to provide additional treatment options to eliminate and fix dental problems.  If you are having a problem, the first step is to visit your dentist for the most up to date treatment options available for your dental circumstance.  Every person is unique and your dentist is your biggest advocate for your dental needs.

 

 

 

Dental Issues Women can Experience as they Age

 

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Oral health goes way beyond having amazing white teeth and no cavities. Daily brushing and flossing although very important are not the only determination as to how well your teeth maintain over time. Sometimes, during various cycles in your life, especially for women, a little more work in needed.  Regular dental appointments play an important part in keeping your teeth and gums in good repair.  Your dentist can identify issues going on with your teeth or gums that may go unnoticed by you without their help.

For women specifically, oral health care needs to change at specific time during her lifespan. This is because, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, menopause, menstruation as well as other factors contribute to the change in hormones in a women’s body.  The female sex hormones at various states in a women’s life effects how her mouth responds to plaque. Without extra attention to brushing, flossing and dental cleanings during these fluctuations, plaque will build causing cavities and gum disease.

Did you know 1 out of every 4 women between the ages of 30-54 have been reported with periodontitis?  In addition, 1 out of every 2 women between the ages 55-90 are reported with periodontitis.  This number can dramatically decrease with help from your dentist.  Your dentist is aware of these fluctuations in your body chemistry and can advise you the best ways to compensate when your oral health is negatively responding to your body’s chemistry.

Why see your dentist during hormonal changes?

  • Menstruation– some women find their gums swell and bleed
  • Pregnancy– makes your mouth more susceptible to gingivitis
  • Using Oral Contraceptive– possible hormonal gingivitis
  • Menopause– hormonal changes can lead to periodontitis
  • Osteoporosis– Can lead to tooth loss

 

Glasscock Dental
430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

 Email:smile@glasscockdental.com
Business Hours
Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Every Other Week
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

What can your Mouth tell your Dentist?

  Information Your Mouth can Tell

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There are many reasons to visit your dentist but what is not commonly known is the story your mouth can provide to the overall health of your body. The condition of your teeth and especially your gums can be an alert system for potential health problems.  Your dentist is a big part of keeping you healthy. Regular check-ups are essential for keeping your gums, teeth and tongue in good repair but it could be an early detection of something else in your body needing to be addressed.

Common Syndromes your Mouth can Tell

Stressed Out– When you are nervous or stressed, your body creates higher levels of cortisol in the body.  Higher levels of cortisol are strongly associated with inflammation.  These elevated levels also makes it more difficult for your body to fight off an infection.  In turn, this can create sensitive teeth and gums. It also can contribute to gum disease.

Anemia–  Light pink pale gums can be a heads up to your dentist that you might be iron deficient.

Dry Mouth–  Certain antihistamines used for allergies as well as a list of drugs used to manage mental health issues can cause dry mouth.  A dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay.  To avoid this issue, your dentist can order sprays and saliva substitutes to help protect your teeth.

 

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

 Email:smile@glasscockdental.com
Business Hours
Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Every Other Week
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

 

 

We will be Closed in July

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To all our wonderful Patients:

Our office will be closed  Wednesday, July 2nd through Friday,  July 4th.  We will return to our normal business hours on Monday, July 7th.

 If you experience a dental emergency while our office is closed, please call our office at 704-510-1150 and leave a message.  Our messages are checked by Dr. Glasscock periodically throughout the day and someone will get back to you.

We would like to wish all of you a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday.  Look forward to seeing you all next week!

 

What Causes Dental Fear?

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Dental Fear

Have you ever been on your way to the dentist office and are overcome by anxiety?  Do you feel the anxiety climbing the closer you get to the office?  You try to rationalize these feelings but seem to be loosing the battle.  In your mind, you try to reassure yourself there is nothing to fear, but that little voice in your head keeps drifting to scenarios of dental horrors that will cause you great pain. You finally arrive at your dentist office and can feel the panic setting in.  A few minutes later you are in your dentist chair. The panic has taken hold and your looking for a window to climb out before the dentist ever arrives. At this point, you are in a frenzy.  Just the mere site of the dentist might make you run for your life!

The scenario above represents how someone with dental phobia feels when visiting the dentist.  Dental phobia or dental anxiety are conditions, if not addressed, can affect someone’s overall health.  Your dental health directly impacts your physical health.  When avoiding the dentist, untreated conditions in your mouth can lead to other health issues down the road.  Dental Phobia and Dental Anxiety affect an estimated 1 out of every 10 people visiting the dentist office in America. Fear ranges from feeling like you are in an uncomfortable situation to the extreme of blown out panic, depending on the person.

What Causes Dental Fear?

Dental fear,  in general,  is caused by a “fear of pain”.  It doesn’t matter if the fear was caused by a prior “bad experience” in which your mind justifies the fear or  an imaginary situation that your mind has designed.  Your brain, being the most complex organ in your body controls every function in your body.  It also has the ability to manifest fear. 

How To Fix Dental Fear

This is a complex issue to fix.  The key is to convince the mind that there is nothing to fear in relation to your dental treatments.  Easier said than done, right? What most people don’t realize is that the majority of dental treatments are painless.  At Glasscock Dental, we very much understand dental fear.  Our goal is to provide each patients with a “Stress Free” dental experience by providing “One person at a time” dental care.  Our goal is to make our patients at ease by explaining everything you will experience before we even begin.   We’ve found by walking our patients through each procedure helps them relax by knowing what to expect each step of the way. Our goal is to relieve fear by knowing on what to expect.

Address:
8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

Fax:

704-510-1220