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How to stop bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease which is the inflammation of the gums and the alveolar bone surrounding teeth. If periodontal disease is not treated properly, it can lead to tooth loss, and can also harm other organs of the body because the mouth is a doorway to many bacterial infections.

Here are a few tips to stop having bleeding gums:

  • Improve daily oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
  • Rinse your mouth with salted water.
  • Lightly brush your teeth with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate.
  • Have regular professional cleanings and scaling of your teeth.
  • Going for a dental check-up is the only way to know how advanced periodontal disease is, and your dentist can advise you if you need further treatments.

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What reasons might cause people to lose their teeth?

Tooth Loss
Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is an unhealthy situation and many people believe it is something inevitable when you grow old. The fact is you don’t need to lose your teeth if you take care of them all your life. They will help you savour foods and nourish yourself in order to maintain you healthy for a long time.

By understanding the reasons why people might lose their teeth, it is possible to give a smart attention to your overall oral health in order to keep your teeth healthy all your life. Here are the causes of tooth loss:

  • Poor oral hygiene increases the chances of you getting tooth decay and gum disease. Dentists advise to brush your teeth after each meal, or at least twice a day, and to floss at least once a day. It is also recommended to visit your dentist every six months for a check-ups and cleanings.
  • Poor nutrition can ruin your teeth. Foods that contain a lot of sugar and acids can damage your teeth and gums. Such diets initiate cavities.
  • Poor habits such as tooth grinding (bruxism) uses up your teeth over the years and make them shorter. People who grind intensely can also fracture their teeth. Smoking can make gum disease worse, which leads to tooth loss.
  • If your kids play contact sports such as football, hockey, basketball and martial, they should wear a mouth guard to prevent trauma that can fracture of injure a tooth.
  • Some people have an intense fear of dentists and never visit one, even if they are suffering from severe tooth ache. Not seeing a dentist for a problem in your mouth can worsen the condition over time and eventually lead to tooth loss.
  • Some people cannot afford dental treatments. But it’s not everything done by dentists that’s overly expensive. Sometimes you can alternative treatments that are less costly. Remember also that preventing problems costs less than repairing problems.

Full article: Causes and Consequences of Tooth Loss
In French: Pour quelles raisons les gens peuvent-ils perdre leurs dents?

What can a patient with cancer do about dry mouth?

One of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment is xerostomia (dry mouth). It’s an unpleasant sensation caused by a reduced production of saliva in the mouth. This condition can increase the risk of developing tooth decay and can also cause a burning or painful feeling on the tongue and all around the mouth.

If you have cancer, you should clean your teeth and mouth at least four times a day, and floss at least once a day. If there are areas in your gums that are bleeding or that are sore, floss gently around them.

You also need to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, in order to give a higher protection to your teeth against cavities. You can rinse your mouth with a solution of baking soda and salt in warm water several times a day, and this followed by rinsing with water alone. Other commercial mouthwashes may also be used to rinse your mouth, but as long as they don’t contain alcohol.

Full article: Cancer Treatments and Oral Health
In French: Que faire si on est atteint du cancer et on souffre de bouche sèche?

Eating with retainers on

If you have just finished your orthodontics treatment, you must be very happy that you don’t have you braces on anymore! Usually after the braces come the retainers, for a period of a year or even more.

People who had braces got used to eating with them. The types of foods were limited, but after at least a year of having braces on, eating became a common thing to do. When it comes to retainers, it is important to remove them when having a meal. Retainers are not made to chew foods; they are just needed to keep teeth at their aligned position.

After each meal, it is important to brush and floss correctly before putting retainers back in your mouth. If you have dental plaque on your teeth or on your gums, retainers might leave them stuck even harder and risk of developing cavities or gum disease.

Complete Article : Do You Have to Remove Your Retainers when You Eat?
Source of Picture : Braces 101
In French : Manger avec des appareils orthodontiques dans la bouche

Abscess fracturing a tooth

Can a tooth abscess really fracture a tooth? Of course, if it’s left there for a long time! A tooth abscess that has originated from a tooth is caused by a big cavity that has reached the pulp chamber. When the abscess is big and painful, there is a good chance that the cavity is also huge and compromises the integrity of the tooth. If it is not treated, the tooth might break apart to a point that no treatment can restore it, eventually needing to be extracted. If the fracture is not too big, the tooth might be restored by a root canal and a crown.

An abscess might also originate from the gums and not from a tooth itself. In that case, gum disease must be treated in order to eliminate the abscess. Daily oral hygiene care, including brushing and flossing, are very important to prevent gum disease.

An abscess is made of infection, and whether it originates from the gums or from a tooth, it is a bad thing to have in the mouth because the bacteria can enter your body and reach other organs. This can complicate diseases such as diabetes and caridiovascular disease.

Depending of how big the abscess is, usually prior to any treatments, antibiotic medication should be taken to control it. But put in mind that the antibiotic effect is only temporary and permanent treatment should be done.

Full Article: Can an Abscess Cause a Tooth to Break Apart?
In French: Abcès qui fracture une dent?

Is Chewing Gum Good for Your Teeth?

chewing gumMany dentists claim that chewing gum after meals can help reduce the occurrence of cavities. The gum must of course be sugarless or instead of preventing tooth decay, it will help create it. Chewing gum acts by stimulating saliva production and neutralizing acids in the mouth that are used by bacteria to demineralise teeth and initiating tooth decay.

It is therefore recommended to chew on sugarless gum after a meal if it’s not possible to brush your teeth. Dentists advise not to chew more than 10 to 15 minutes or else, long term use of chewing gum can create jaw problems. Also, chewing gum does not replace brushing and flossing your teeth, because it does not remove dental plaque from around your teeth and your gums.

Chewing gum must therefore be used as temporary way to partially clean your teeth if you do not have access to a tooth brush or dental floss. But it should never be considered as a replacement of regular brushing and flossing.

Complete Article: Does Chewing Gum after Eating Help Removing Dental Plaque?
In French: Est-ce que la gomme à mâcher aide à garder les dents en santé

How should patients with cancer care for their oral health?

If you have cancer it’s important for you to continue regular and thorough oral hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing two to three times a day. Remember that when you brush, use a soft or ultra-soft bristle toothbrush, and if the bristles are too hard, rinse the toothbrush in hot water for 15 seconds.

Also, when you brush your teeth, use a mild-tasting toothpaste because if too much flavour is added the toothpaste can irritate your mouth. If even the mild-tasting toothpaste irritates your mouth, rinse with salt and water after brushing your teeth.

To avoid gum disease, rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash, but it’s important to avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol. Since many mouth rinses sold in pharmacies do contain alcohol, you can ask either your pharmacist or your dentist to help you find a brand that does non-alcohol containing.

Last but not least, flossing in between your teeth is very important. When you go through chemotherapy or radiation therapy your mouth becomes drier from low saliva flow. You have more chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease. That is why you should floss at least once a day.

Full article: Cancer Treatments and Oral Health