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Your gums play a crucial role in the health of your teeth. Gums cover and protect the tooth roots and also serve to help anchor the teeth in place. In fact, gum disease is often the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Without healthy gum tissue, teeth are less likely to survive! Receding gumlines happen when …

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Flossing is an excellent practice for your oral care routine. It helps remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach—which is an estimated 40% of your mouth! Dentists everywhere advocate for safe and healthy flossing when it comes to your dental health. However, you can be too aggressive with your flossing …

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Gum swelling is a term for inflammation of the gum tissue that can have numerous causes. Healthy, normal gum tissue should be firm and pink. If your gum tissue is swollen, it may appear puffy and red, and may even bleed when you brush. What exactly causes gum swelling? The following causes may be responsible for …

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Brushing your teeth is so important to your oral health, but like most things, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. Brushing your teeth too hard can hurt your teeth in more ways than you think. How can you know if you’re being too hard on your teeth when brushing? The following are some signs that you might …

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Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a devastating infection that is actually the leading cause of tooth loss for older adults. There are indeed different types of gum disease, all of which result from similar bacteria and all of which can severely damage your smile. The good news is that all forms of …

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Some people think that bleeding during brushing and flossing is no big deal. The opposite is true! Depending on your oral health habits, bleeding should be a concern and seeking advice from your dentist about the problem is a good idea. If you haven’t flossed in a long time and are just starting a routine, a bit …

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You know that drinking too much isn’t good for your body, but drinking an excessive amount of alcohol is also bad news for your oral health. Having a drink every once in a while or even a few times a week isn’t a big deal, but daily consumption or abuse of alcohol can actually lead to gum disease and tooth loss. …

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Gums that are swollen, excessively red or bleeding are a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the less severe form of gum disease, but if left untreated it can advance to the more severe form, periodontitis. Periodontal or gum disease is common, being caused by poor dental hygiene in some people. For other people, …

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