Your gum tissue helps protect your teeth and hold them in place. Healthy gum tissue is usually firm and smooth, and shouldn’t bleed when you brush your teeth. However, if your gums are tender or bleeding, even if just when brushing or flossing your teeth, these could be signs...
If you’re one of the many Americans who suffer from gum disease, you could end up needing extensive treatment to return your gum tissue back to normal. While gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, can be easier to reverse, more advanced stages of gum disease can be challenging...
Using mouthwash makes some people feel like their mouth is really fresh and clean! These mouth rinses come in a variety of types and flavors—from whitening mouthwashes to those that claim to fight dry mouth and tooth decay. There are two main types of mouthwash: the kind you purchase at the store,...
Yes, diabetes and periodontal disease—also known as gum disease—are linked to each other! Diabetes—a condition in which the body doesn’t make or use insulin, or blood sugar, properly—can make it more difficult to prevent gum disease, and gum disease can increase your risk for complications from diabetes. But what exactly is the relationship...
Many people use the terms gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and gingivitis interchangeably, but are they really the same thing? The short answer is no. While both are technically gum disease, gingivitis is a bit different than full-blown periodontal disease. What are the differences between gum disease and gingivitis? Let’s review...
Cleaning your teeth is a practice you likely don’t give much thought to on a daily basis. For many of us, brushing and flossing our teeth has become so routine that we do it without thinking. However, hopefully you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day to keep your teeth...
Flossing involves the use of an interdental cleaner to clean those tight spaces in between your teeth. Some people only floss when they can feel something obvious stuck in their teeth, while others maintain a strict flossing routine and even carry floss around with them! But is flossing really that...
Gum recession is an uncomfortable condition in which the gum tissue actually begins to pull away from the teeth. You may notice that your teeth look longer, or notice discolored areas between your gumline and your teeth. Receding gums can cause tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, and can affect the...
With all the festivities of the holiday season, it’s easy to get out of your normal routine. One of the things that can get pushed to the side is your oral health. Whether you’ve skipped the occasional brushing or have indulged in a bit too many sweets, your teeth...
Gingivitis is a word that refers to inflammation of the gums, and defines the early stages of gum disease. While not full-blown periodontal (gum) disease, gingivitis will eventually lead to gum disease if not treated, and should be taken seriously. It’s generally easier to treat and reverse gum disease at...