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What Does It Mean If My Gums Are Bleeding?

December 4th, 2018

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Most people have had that frightening moment; you take your toothbrush out of your mouth and see blood. Your gums are bleeding! Many have experienced it, but not many people understand just why their gums are bleeding. With the help of Delaware Periodontics, you can prevent and treat many of the causes of bleeding gums.

What Causes Gum Bleeding?

Several different factors and conditions may be associated with bleeding gums. With the exception of a few, most of these problems involve plaque or bacteria that settle around the gum line.

  • Brushing Complications—Contrary to popular belief, you can brush your teeth too hard. Aggressive brushing may cause the gums to bleed. Additionally, using a toothbrush that is too strong for your gums can increase the likelihood of bleeding gums.
  • Inconsistent Flossing—If you are only flossing the week before your visit to Delaware Periodontics, it is likely that your gums will bleed. Consistent flossing is important for plaque removal to prevent cavities and to reduce gum sensitivity and bleeding.
  • Gingivitis—Gum disease is commonly associated with bleeding gums. If your gums are bleeding, despite consistent flossing and brushing, you may have gum disease. Contact Delaware Periodontics to have an experienced periodontist evaluate your gum health!
  • Leukemia—Bleeding gums can also be an indicator of more serious conditions, such as leukemia. While your gums are most likely bleeding for a less serious reason, be sure to have a dental examination in order to feel confident!
  • Other Causes—There could be a variety of reasons why your gums are bleeding. Typically, bleeding gums are exacerbated by plaque, which may build up as a result of poor oral hygiene or alignment issues. Some additional conditions that may be associated with bleeding gums are poor-fitting fillings or crowns, orthodontic malocclusion (misalignment, overlap, or overcrowding of teeth), or periodontal disease.

How Are Bleeding Gums Treated?

If you have bleeding gums, there are several treatment options for you. In most cases, your gums are bleeding because of your oral hygiene habits. In these instances, you simply need to improve your oral hygiene consistency; within a short period of time, your gums should be back to normal.

In more serious cases, you may need to visit your periodontist to undergo dental X-rays a full examination to diagnose your problem. Depending on why your gums are bleeding, your dentist or periodontist may be able to provide treatment directly. One treatment, root planing, is a method of periodontal therapy that involves a “deep cleaning” of the roots to remove plaque. For many individuals with bleeding gums, this will be sufficient to treat the issue. If your condition requires additional treatment, our periodontist may refer you to a specialist.

How Can You Prevent Bleeding Gums?

Because many of the causes of bleeding gums are due to inconsistent or poor oral hygiene, prevention is often quite simple: improve your oral health! Consistent brushing and flossing, in conjunction with regular dental and periodontal visits and cleanings, is often the best defense against bleeding gums. Call Delaware Periodontics in Wilmington or Dover for suggestions on best-practice oral hygiene strategies and to set your next appointment.

Visit Delaware Periodontics in Wilmington or Dover, DE!

Bleeding gums are both painful and avoidable. You can take action to prevent their onset through consistent and quality oral hygiene. Part of your oral hygiene plan should consist of regular visits to your friendly periodontist at Delaware Periodontics. With locations in both Wilmington and Dover, DE, our staff is ready to serve you! Call today to set an appointment and take the first step towards healthier gums and teeth!

How to Pick Your Toothpaste

October 26th, 2018

All toothpastes are not created equal. With that in mind, how is someone supposed to decide from the hundreds of toothpastes available? Your friendly dentists at Delaware Periodontics have several suggestions to help you navigate the many choices and select the right option for your teeth and dental needs. Stop by our offices in Wilmington and Dover, DE to learn more about which toothpaste is right for you!

Toothpaste and Dental Health

Toothpaste plays a pivotal part in your dental health. In general, toothpaste helps by removing bacteria and plaque while you brush. As a result, using toothpaste helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. Toothpaste can also be an important source of fluoride, which is known for its cavity-fighting abilities. The American Dental Association (ADA) states that using fluoride toothpaste to brush twice a day is one of the fundamentals of oral hygiene and health.

Some Picking Pointers

Navigating the your store’s dental care aisle, littered with every toothpaste option imaginable, can be daunting. Our experts at Delaware Periodontics have a few tips to make the process easier for you:

  • Consider Your Dental Needs
    • Do your teeth need whitening? Do you have sensitive teeth? Hoping to prevent tartar build up? Look for toothpaste labels that tell you their specific purpose and narrow down your options!
  • Check The Ingredients
    • Again, fluoride is a powerful ingredient for fighting cavities and strengthening tooth enamel.
    • Baking soda provides an effective cleaning while being gentle on the teeth. Toothpastes with baking soda bases may be a good option if you have sensitive teeth.
  • Find An ADA Seal
    • Look for toothpastes with the ADA seal of acceptance. These brands meet strict standards, which means you can be assured of high-quality toothpaste.
  • Factor In Your Preferences
    • Now that you have narrowed down your options considerably, you should base your decision on your likes and dislikes. Compare the offered flavors and textures. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different options until you find the toothpaste that works for you.
  • Consult The Toothpaste Experts
    • While this list is meant to make the picking process less overwhelming, don’t think you need to make the choice on your own! Our dentists at Delaware Periodontics are eager and able to tell you the best toothpaste options on the market and, more importantly, for your specific dental needs.

Toothpaste is one important piece of your dental health, but it can’t succeed on its own. Delaware Periodontics provides high quality dental care to keep your teeth healthy and happy. Whether you have specific needs, such as dental implants, or just need a routine checkup, call today to set up an appointment. With locations in Wilmington and Dover, Delaware Periodontics is ready to serve you and your family. We can’t wait to see your smile!

The Latest In Oral Hygiene: Meet Water Flossing!

September 17th, 2018

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Is Regular Flossing Too Hard? Try Water Flossing

The key to a healthy smile is a regular oral hygiene routine that consists of brushing and flossing at least twice a day. However, if you ask most people, they are bound to tell you that while they brush religiously, they usually forego the floss—except, of course, on days that they're scheduled to visit the dentist. Yet flossing once every six months is not enough to maintain a healthy, dazzling smile! If you dislike flossing and are interested in a better way to keep your teeth clean, strong and healthy, talk to our periodontist in Dover about the magic of water flossing.

The Benefits of Water Flossing

Water flossing comes with several benefits. First and foremost, it's just plain fun. If you can't help but view flossing as a chore, look into purchasing an oral irrigator. An oral irrigator delivers a stream of pulsating water at high pressure directly between the teeth. The device is easy to use and requires little to no dexterity, but it is highly effective, which brings us to benefit number two…

Water flossing is far more effective than traditional flossing, and studies show that it can remove up to five times the amount of plague than string floss. Additionally, string floss is difficult if not impossible for orthodontic patients to use effectively, but water flossing successfully gets right between the brackets and wires of braces and effectively removes plaque build-up in hard-to-reach areas.

Because of its ease of use and effectiveness, even dental professionals throughout Wilmington and Dover rely on oral irrigators to deep clean patients' teeth. If dental professionals use the technique, you know it has to have some merit!

Talk to Your Periodontist About Water Flossing Today

If you forego flossing on a regular basis, you may benefit from an oral irrigator. Talk to our Dover periodontist about what to look for in equipment and how to properly use the device. Call Delaware Periodontics at (302) 658-7871 or request an appointment online to schedule your consultation today.

5 Foods That Prevent Gum Disease Blog

September 3rd, 2018

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At Delaware Periodontics, Dr. Klassman and his professional team are proud to offer expert periodontal services and treatments to our Dover and Wilmington area patients. Many people develop gum disease at some point in their life. However, regular visits to your Dover, DE periodontist, good oral hygiene and a healthy diet can help you prevent it. Here are a few foods that help prevent gum disease.

Leafy Greens

We all know that leafy greens are good for our health, but did you know they can actually keep your mouth and gums clean and bacteria-free? This is due to the fact that leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and others contain loads of healthy vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Vitamin C reduces inflammation and boosts the body’s red blood cell production. Furthermore, eating leafy greens also requires your mouth to produce more saliva, which then helps break down the bad bacteria in your mouth.

Lean Beef

Surprisingly, lean beef is an excellent food that can combat gum disease. Lean beef is chock full of zinc and vitamin B6, which both provide anti-inflammatory benefits. These vitamins and minerals act as antioxidants and help boost the immune system, all good gum disease fighters.

Milk, Cheese & Yogurt

Milk, cheese and yogurt are essential to healthy teeth and gums. They contain high calcium content, as well as Vitamin D, which both work to strengthen teeth. When your teeth are strong, they are less prone to unhealthy dental issues such as gum disease and cavities.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of beta-carotene, which helps the body build up vitamin A. When gum disease develops, it causes inflammation. Vitamin A fights this inflammation and if the body is already full of Vitamin A, gum disease has a very low chance of progressing.

Apples

An apple is a delicious snack, but did you know that eating an apple also cleans your teeth and prevents bacteria and plaque buildup? Apples are similar to leafy greens in that they also require the mouth to produce more saliva which naturally cleanses the mouth. They are also very high in vitamin C, which is an anti-inflammatory vitamin that keeps your gums at their healthiest!

Contact Your Dover, DE Periodontist!

Our friendly and welcoming staff is always available to discuss any of your questions or concerns related to gum disease and how to prevent and treat it. To learn more about the Dover, DE services we provide, including laser periodontal therapy, we encourage you to call us at (302) 658-7871, or reserve an appointment now using our handy online scheduling form. We can’t wait to hear from you!