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Everything you need to know about receding gums

Gums can become pushed back or wear away and expose the pink tissue that covers the roots of the teeth. Gums might also recede around a tooth if it is in an abnormal position. Receding gums becomes a health concern when the roots of the teeth become exposed, leaving the teeth at risk of decay, infection, and loss. If people start treatment at an early stage, they can stop or reverse the process of gum recession. If the recession is severe and causing symptoms, such as tooth sensitivity, pain, or infection, then various treatments are available. These include deep cleaning, medicating infections, and tissue grafts. Receding gums is a common...

Four effective gingivitis home remedies

Home remedies To avoid developing gum disease, people should treat the symptoms of gingivitis as soon as they notice them. A key sign is gums that bleed regularly when they are brushed or flossed. People can try the following home remedies to treat gingivitis: 1. Saltwater rinse Home remedies for gingivitis include saltwater rinses, making mouthwash from natural ingredients, and oil pulling. Salt water has disinfectant qualities and can help the body to heal. Research has shown that rinsing the mouth with a saltwater solution can relieve inflamed gums caused by gingivitis. To use a saltwater rinse: pour boiling water into a glass and let it cool to lukewarm mix 3/4 tsp of...

How do health care professionals diagnose gum disease?

The following methods and symptoms and signs are very useful in the diagnosis of gum disease during routine checkups: Measuring the gums: A dentist or dental hygienist will use a periodontal probe to measure the depths of the pockets around all of the teeth in the mouth generally once per calendar year. Healthy gums will have pockets 1 mm-3 mm deep. Beyond that, the deeper the pockets, the more severe the disease. Taking X-rays: Dental X-rays, particularly bitewing X-rays, will help show the level of the underlying bone and whether any bone has been lost to periodontal disease. Examining sensitive teeth: Teeth that have become sensitive around the...

Swollen Gums: Possible Causes and Treatments

Your gums are very important to your oral health. The gums are made of firm, pink tissue that covers your jawbone. This tissue is thick, fibrous, and full of blood vessels. If your gums become swollen, they may protrude or bulge out. Swelling in your gums usually begins where the gum meets the tooth. Your gums may become so swollen, however, that they begin to hide parts of your teeth. Swollen gums appear red instead of their normal pink color. Swollen gums, also called gingival swelling, are often irritated, sensitive, or painful. You may also notice that your gums bleed more easily when brushing or flossing your...

What To Do If You Have These Gum Disease Symptoms

Everyone knows what they need to do to keep their smiles healthy: Brush, floss, and visit a dentist for regular cleanings and exams. That’s how you fight tooth decay. But your smile also includes your gums, and you need to look after these as well. Cavities are caused by harmful bacteria. (Don’t worry, everybody has some of these in their mouth.) But they can also irritate and infect your gums, giving you a condition known as gum disease. Just like cavities, ignoring this dental health problem could lead to serious problems, including lost teeth. Look For These Signs There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis...

What Are the Main Bad Breath Causes in Children?

Having bad breath as an adult is a common ailment, and can be caused by certain foods and teeth or gums issues. It's also a common problem in children, but thankfully getting to the bottom of the cause and helping to reduce or remove it can be pretty simple. No one wants to have or be told they have halitosis and bad breath, so one of the most tactful ways to have it treated in children is to take them to the dentist. This helps rule out more serious bad breath causes, and can give you some guidance on how to deal with the problem. Causes...

Periodontal Disease ‘Gum Disease’

Gum disease involves the gums, bone, and other areas which provide support to teeth. There are two types of gum disease: Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and is caused by the presence of plaque. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and is classified by red, swollen and/or bleeding gums. Treatment and education from your oral health therapist/hygienist will be aimed at reversing the disease and restoring gum health. Periodontitis is the most severe type of gum disease; it can cause irreversible damage to your gums and the bone that provides support to your teeth. It is classified by red, swollen gums, which may recede away...

Why Is There Blood On My Toothbrush?

If your gums bleed during brushing it could be a sign of Gum Disease. What Causes Gum Disease (Gingivitis)? Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, but other factors can contribute to periodontal disease, such as: Hormonal changes, like those occurring during pregnancy, puberty, menopause, and monthly menstruation, could make oral gums sensitive, which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop. Long-term illnesses that disrupt the immune system may affect the condition of your gums. Medications can also affect oral health, because some lessen the flow of saliva, which has a protective effect on teeth and gums. Some drugs can cause abnormal growth of gum tissue. Yet another...