Wobbly Teeth is Often a Symptom of Periodontitis

Do your teeth wobble, or does your bite seem a little off? If so, the first question that you may be wondering is why? In most cases, wobbly teeth are caused by gum disease known as Periodontal disease. Never heard of it?

Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist when gum tissue that normally surrounds the tooth, begins to recede away from the tooth. None the less, when gums recede away from the teeth pockets, bacteria is created and collected. When bacteria build-up occurs, the gum can end up infected.

Want to know more? Read more of this blog below to find out more information on Periodontitis symptoms and how it is treated.

What are symptoms of Periodontitis?

• Chronic Bad Breath
• Bleeding Gums
• Mouth Sores
• Pain when chewing
• Wobbly teeth
• Bad tooth alignment
• Receding Gums
• Tooth ache

What are some of the treatments for Periodontitis?

• Good Oral Hygiene
• Medications
• Scaling
• Grafts
• Root Planting
• Flap Surgery

Read more about Periodontitis and other gum diseases by clicking on this link. Also if you are experiencing wobbly teeth or any of the symptoms listed above, be sure to consult with your dentist or contact Masters Dental for more information.

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4 Things You Didn’t Know Diabetes and Oral Health

1. Those with diabetes are more likely to develop gum problems

2. Gum problems can influence the development of diabetes

This is not a one-way street. Just as diabetes can affect oral health, oral health can affect diabetes. Serious gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control. Serious gum disease can also contribute to the progression of diabetes.

3. You can control both your gum disease and your diabetes

Practicing good oral hygiene can help control your gum disease. Be sure to go to your dentist for regular check-ups and inform him of any changes you notice in your mouth. Diet and exercise can also contribute to minimizing the effects of diabetes and preventing gum disease. Some tips include:

  • Keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible.
  • If you have dry mouth, try a mouthwash without alcohol.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing to protect any tooth enamel that’s been softened by acid in the food.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Rinse daily with an antiseptic mouthwash.
  • If you wear dentures, remove them and clean them daily. Do not sleep in them.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.

4. Your doctor and dentist need to work together

Your dentist should be informed about your diabetes, and your doctor should know about your oral health condition. They need to work together to create a cohesive treatment that will help both conditions.

If you have any further questions about diabetes and oral health, feel free to contact us today.

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Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Brush My Teeth?

Do you often see a few drops of blood when brushing or flossing your teeth? Although this problem is fairly common and may not seem like a big deal, it shouldn’t be ignored. Bleeding gums can occur for a number of reasons, but the most common is periodontal disease, or gum disease.

Gum disease occurs from plaque. Plaque can form when you don’t get all of the food and other particles out in between your teeth. These particles will eventually break down into bacteria and acids, which forms plaque. The plaque that is not properly removed by brushing and flossing with form a hard tarter than cannot be removed by regular brushing. The tarter and bacteria causes the gums to become inflamed. This is the first stage of gum disease, which is called gingivitis. The gums will become red and swollen, forming pockets containing blood blisters near your teeth. When you brush or floss, you break open the blood blisters causing the gums to bleed. Luckily, gingivitis can still be reversed with proper oral hygiene at this stage.

So how do you prevent the gums from bleeding in the first place?

1. Proper Oral Hygiene

Gingivitis is nearly 100% preventable with proper oral care. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and regular trips to the dentist can help you keep your gums healthy and your toothbrush clear of blood. Visiting the dentist regularly can help you get any particles that you may have missed with normal brushing and flossing.

2. Change Your Tools

If you still notice your gums bleeding with proper brushing and flossing, your toothbrush may be the reason for bleeding gums. Although it may seem counterintuitive, try to switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles. The hard bristles do not clean your teeth better, but can actually cause irritation of the gums. You also may be using your toothbrush incorrectly. Remember to brush smarter, not harder. You do not need to apply much pressure to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums.

3. Diet

Unfortunately, yummy sugar-filled foods create the perfect environment for plaque. Keeping a healthy diet that is low in sugar and high in fruits and vegetables can help keep your gums from bleeding.  Remember that you can still enjoy sweets, but do so in moderation!

Follow these tips to keep your gums healthy and prevent regular bleeding. If you have made the appropriate lifestyle changes and still have bleeding gums, please schedule an appointment with your dentist today!