Showing posts with label brushing and flossing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brushing and flossing. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Why Are My Gums Receding?

There are two major causes of receding gums.  In both cases or any other possibility, you should consult a periodontist.

They have tools and skills that could possibly help you.  

What are the two major causes of receding gums? 

1. Gum Disease

2. Brushing too hard.  

These are the major causes but there can be other reasons, and seeing a periodontist to rule other possibilities out, as well as to deal with these major causes is a good idea.  

Brushing too hard is a problem that many of us have.  

It really is a big problem.  I talked to a gentleman today who told me about his problem.  I asked him if he was using a soft bristled brush.  The answer was no.   But he was quite sure that he was being gentle with his hard bristled brush. 

If you are doing this, switch to a soft bristle.  There is no reason to use a hard or medium bristled brush unless your dentist specifically told you to.  I can't think of many reasons why they would have you do that, but you never know.  

Soft is best.  It's not the full answer however. You can still brush too hard even with a soft bristled brush.  

Like the gentleman mentioned above, you might not believe you are brushing hard.  So try this trick out: 

Get a pair of earplugs.  Put them in.  Then, brush your teeth as you normally do.  You might suddenly become aware of just how hard you are brushing after all.  You might be surprised.  

It is not necessary to brush hard.   The purpose of brushing your teeth is NOT to scrub dirt away. That's the wrong idea, the wrong picture and that notion can lead to brushing way to hard.   

What Is The Purpose of Brushing?  

If you are in the camp that thinks you have to really scrub your teeth hard, I hope this information will help you realize what the true purpose of brushing is.  

The real reason we brush and floss (and whatever else we might do, such as using an irrigator or Perio Aid, is to disrupt plaque. 

Plaque is a living bio layer formed by 'bad bacteria'  that wish to shield themselves from oxygen.  Once the plaque layer is intact for about a day (more or less) , the bacteria begin to secrete acidic byproducts that come from anaerobic (without oxygen).  bacteria.    

These acidic byproducts, when the bacteria accumulate to large enough quantities, can destroy gum tissue.   

When you disrupt the plaque or bio film on a daily basis, you are depriving the bacteria of this capability.   So, the daily disruption of plaque is important to you in the fight against both gum disease and cavities!  

Brush gently because the bio layer is really easy to disrupt!  It doesn't take much.  But what is required is consistency.   As soon as you slack or are not thorough enough, those areas may appear where the bacteria can begin and maintain their vicious acidic assault on your gums and bones underneath.

So you see, you can simply brush gently - just brush consistently.  Hard toothbrushes are not necessary.  

If you can do this, you might be able to keep your gums from getting worse.  

You might also consider using an oral irrigator in addition to your regular flossing. 

So gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss.  But receding gums can come from brushing too hard.  So take it easy, just be consistent.  Follow the brushing instructions of your dentist or hygienist.  

David for

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Keep Calm And Brush Your Teeth

This Graphic Drives Home The Point:  Staying Calm Allows You To Brush More Often And Better: 

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While you are there, you should consider joining that community, it's free and full of great information humor and commentary on many things dental!

One of the biggest threats to your dental health is gum disease.

Learn How To Defeat That With:    How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dr. Bruce W Lee's Tootbrush Tip

dr lees toothbrush tipDr. Bruce W. Lee's toothbrush tip of the week can be found in our dental health community at this location:

It's a good tip for proper tootbrush use.   Using a toothbrush properly can really benefit you.

Using one improperly can be a problem.   I'll add to this tootbrush tip with my own:

Don't brush too hard!

Brushing is about disrupting plaque, it is not about 'scrubbing' teeth clean.   The plaque is easy to disrupt.  What is important though is disrupting it frequently.

 That's why you can't skip daily brushing of your teeth.   The plaque forms very quickly and constantly and must be disrupted constantly as well.

Check out Dr. Lee's Toothbrush tip here:

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Gums Bleeding While Brushing And Flossing Worries You? It Should!

gums should not bleed when brushing or flossingAnd you should be concerned.  Healthy gums should not normally bleed while brushing and flossing.

You definitely want to be under the care of a good dentist or periodontist.  Your doctor will tell you what your problem is.

Most likely, it is gum disease.

Doctors also know that it is what you do at home that makes the most difference.   You should go to your regular checkups and cleanings.  But,  the fight against gum disease, cavities and even bad breath is a daily one.

If your regular brushing and flossing habits just are not cutting it,  you should consider adding something more to the daily mix.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

I Don't Always Brush My Teeth Before Going To Bed

Let's face it, it is true for a lot of us.

Here some ways this happens. 

  • Too tired and just want to sleep
  • "I'll  get up in 5 minutes to brush my teeth".   Then, the next thing you know it is the next morning.  
  • "I just don't care today".    
  • Too Drunk To Care 

I suspect we all have done this form time to time.   We all know it is not a good idea  and that we should be brushing and flossing our teeth before bed.  But sometimes,  we just don't do it.

If you want to, share your 'not brushing' experiences below.

Obviously, I cannot condone the behavior of 'not brushing before bed'.   I'm just acknowledging that it happens - even with me on rare occasions. 


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Sunday, December 23, 2012

What You Should Know About Gum Disease Part 18

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Gum Disease is a Serious Problem For Too Many People

Unfortunately,  too many people suffer from this problem.   Equally unfortunate:  Most of those people do not know they have it!

Since many people do not believe or think they have this problem, they naturally do not do anything about it.   This might lead to gum recession and tooth loss.

Gum disease is considered to be the number one cause of tooth loss.   Replacements, such as implants are quite expensive.  Implants don't always work the first time.  This requires a waiting period and a second try.

The costs are high and who knows what the pain and recovery factors are.   I would prefer to keep my own natural teeth than find out.  You?

Brushing and Flossing

 These are certainly a good idea and should be done daily or at your dentist's recommendation.   However, are brushing and flossing enough?

For some people, they may be all that is needed and they may never develop gum disease.   However, it is a mistake to think that people who have gum disease don't 'take care of their teeth', because that isn't necessarily the truth.

Of course, not brushing and flossing is probably going to help a problem develop.   However, as stated before, dental pros tell us that  75% of people seem to have some gum disease.

In my way of thinking, this says that brushing and flossing are not enough for all people to remain safe from gum disease.  Therefore, while important, they may not be the answer for the majority.

I say that because a lot of people think that if a person has gum disease it means they do not take care of their teeth.    In reality, a person can brush and floss 'religiously' and still develop gum disease.

Don't be fooled by that simple mentality, the problem of gum disease can be a bit more complicated - but not too much so.

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This video speaks in general terms only, for specific questions about your unique health situation, direct those question to your doctor.

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