Posts for: November, 2017
Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.
First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.
How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of allÂ Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.
What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.
Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.” Â If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.
Facing extensive dental treatment can be stressful—and even more so when you realize what it will cost. It’s a hard fact of life, but some dental work can be expensive.
The good news, though, is that it’s possible to keep your costs at a manageable level, even with limited finances. And your best first step is to become proactive with dental care now, before problems appear or get worse.
There are good reasons for making room in your budget for regular dental cleanings and checkups: for one, dental cleanings coupled with your own daily hygiene help keep bacterial plaque, the main cause of dental disease, from causing gum disease or damage to the tooth surfaces. And seeing us regularly makes it more likely we’ll detect a problem before it inflicts too much harm.
Regular visits are also important for establishing a relationship with us. As we become more familiar with you and your own individual risk factors for dental problems, we can then develop a treatment strategy to minimize those risks or take action to decrease their impact.
The latter point has direct bearing on the financial side of your care. It’s tempting to postpone a recommended treatment for a mild to moderate issue because of the expense. But receiving treatment now could save you from major expense later.
Perhaps, though, you’re actually facing that major expense now and the full weight of what it will cost is bearing down. Even in this situation, you may actually find there are less expensive ways to deal with the problem, at least temporarily until you can afford a more permanent solution.
For example, if you’ve lost a tooth or have had it extracted, you may be able to opt for a partial denture or similar less costly restoration—at least for the time being. Eventually, when you’re prepared financially, you can replace it with a dental implant or another permanent restoration. In the meantime, you’re able to regain a reasonable level of dental health.
The key is to invest in your teeth and gums now whatever their state of health. The efforts you make today could save you from a greater health and financial burden tomorrow.
How dental implants from your dentists in Milford, Massachusetts can restore your smile.
Do you remember when you once had a complete smile? Do you remember how beautiful your smile looked and how proud you were to show it off? Well, it’s time to regain your whole smile. If you are living with large gaps due to missing teeth, it’s time to close the gaps in your smile. The answer is dental implants! Dr. Peyman Beigi or Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, Massachusetts want to share how dental implants can make your smile complete again.
Gaps in your smile can make you self-conscious. You may even stop smiling. Gaps in your smile can also affect the health of your teeth and gums because more plaque may accumulate on the tooth surfaces next to the gaps. These are just two reasons why it’s important to close the gaps in your smile. Dental implants are the solution you and your smile have been waiting for.
There are many advantages and benefits of dental implants. You need to know that dental implants:
- Look and function just like your natural teeth
- Will stay put because they are firmly secured in the jawbone
- Are easily maintained by brushing and flossing
- Will look great for a lifetime because they resist stains
Dental implant treatment is highly successful, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. That’s because dental implants are made of biocompatible titanium, so your body won’t reject the implants.
Whether you’ve lost a single tooth, or multiple teeth, dental implants can fill in the space. Dental implants can even provide strong support for a dental appliance. For more detailed information about dental implants, please visit the dental implants page on the website at https://www.milforddentalgroup.com/dental-implants.html
It’s time to close the gaps in your smile with the most innovative, revolutionary tooth replacement solution available. You and your smile deserve the best so call Drs. Peyman Beigi and Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, Massachusetts. Get started creating your smile by calling today!