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Bleeding gums, also called gingivitis, is a phenomenon that affects many people. Even if it is a chronic dental problem, it should not be overlooked since it can be a sign of periodontal disease, and sometimes even more general pathologies. Healthy gums are pink and do not bleed. And if your gums bleed regularly, it is best to go to your dentist, who can find the cause, and solve the problem you are having. Indeed, it is not so easy to find the origin of this bleeding, which can be caused by different gum diseases, but also health conditions (which do not necessarily have to do with your teeth). If you suffer from this phenomenon repeatedly, it is best to address the problem fairly quickly. So here is all you need to know if your gums are bleeding, the probable causes, but also the best treatment for regaining teeth and healthy gums.

How Can This Bleeding Manifest?

The first case is acute and punctual bleeding. In this case, this phenomenon will not be associated with other symptoms that may bring it closer to a disease of your gums (such as swelling, sharp pain, or inflammation).

Typically, this acute bleeding from your gum is caused by traumatic irritation to your teeth when you brush your teeth too aggressively (or with a toothbrush that is too hard) or eat particularly hard foods. It is also possible that gum burns, caused by very hot food, are causing your gum bleeding.

The second case will concern people in whom this bleeding gum is chronic and returns more regularly. The cause of this phenomenon is, therefore, the bacteria which will deposit on the enamel of your teeth and secrete little by little a substance called dental plaque. If it is not removed regularly (especially when you brush your teeth), it can attack your gum and have an inflammatory effect. Your gum will then be more fragile, and at the slightest touch, bleed.

You should, therefore, see blood in your mucus when you brush your teeth since it is this mechanical trauma that will cause the bleeding by attacking the tissues of the gums. You can also bleed after brushing your teeth, or if you have a habit of grinding them. In all cases, your gums will continue to bleed regularly until you treat the inflammation that caused them. It is also advisable to attack it as soon as possible if you do not want this gingivitis to degenerate into periodontitis, and cause the loss of your tooth.

What Are the Reasons Why Your Gums Are Bleeding?

As we have just seen, several dental or general problems can be the cause of this bleeding from your gums. Here are the main causes.

Gum disease

The most likely cause if you have bleeding gums is that you have a dental disease such as gingivitis, for example. This inflammation of the gums is the first cause of bleeding. In this case, it is the activity of bacteria on your teeth that will cause inflammation of your gums and cause haemorrhage at each aggression (brushing teeth, consumption of very hard food, etc.).

Other possible causes

Bleeding from your gums is not always due to a dental problem, and their inflammation may be related to another medical condition, including:

  • a bone marrow injury (and a change in your blood platelets);
  • uremia causing a tromboplastic factor deficiency;
  • vascular disorders related to a vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) or an allergy;
  • hemophilia, leukemia, or another health problem that affects your blood clotting;
  • vitamin K deficiency causing hypoprothrombinemia;
  • taking anxiolytics, anticoagulants or salicylates (which will cause mechanical problems in your gums)

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Gurinsky

If you have any additional questions about the impact that your gums have on your oral health or are looking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today!

We offer periodontal services in two convenient locations: One periodontal office in Denver, CO and one periodontal office in Centennial, CO. 

While many people are aware of symptoms of a gum infection, many patients may be surprised to discover that gum disease has several different types of infection. These infection tpes can differ in intensity as well as the part of the teeth that will be affected. This article will explore some of those main ones:

What Are The Different Types of Gum Infection?

There are different types of dental infection, differing mainly in their intensity and the part of your teeth that will be affected. Some of the more common infection types include:

Decay

It is often thought that cavities only affect young children who eat too many sweets, but they can affect adults too. They must be taken seriously, because cavities are most often the first stage of a more serious and painful infection, such as a dental abscess.

A cavity always begins with the formation of dental plaque on the surface of your teeth. These are food deposits that clump together after each meal, and that is not removed properly when you brush your teeth. In contact with saliva, but also bacteria, your dental plaque will transform the sugars you eat into lactic acid which will eat away the enamel of your teeth. 

Gingivitis

Another very common infection is gingivitis (which affects more than 80% of French people aged between 35 and 44). Also caused by the formation of dental plaque, it will result in significant bleeding, as well as swelling of your gum.

Not always resulting in pain, gingivitis will generally be detected only after an appointment with your dentist.

Periodontitis

When gingivitis is not treated in time, it can continue to develop until it reaches the periodontitis stage. It can affect one or more of your teeth. It results in the destruction (whose origin is bacterial) of the tissue that supports your teeth, the periodontium. Periodontitis also has the distinction of being discreet and is most often manifested by bleeding from the gum, but also by bad breath and an unpleasant taste in your mouth. It is however very important to treat it in time if you do not want your tooth to move (this is called dental loosening) and eventually fall out. To treat periodontitis, it is usually enough to make regular mouthwashes and use a special toothpaste. Your dentist can also do a surfacing, which will remove the tartar that has accumulated near the bone tissue of your tooth. If that is not enough, you will have no choice but to open the gum to clean your tooth thoroughly and add more bone if the root of your tooth has been too damaged.

How Can I Relieve Pain from a Dental Infection?

Since it will not always be possible for you to have an appointment the same day with your dentist, it is always useful to know natural and fast methods to fight against the pain caused by a dental infection. You can, for example:

  • Use mouthwash;
  • Apply an anesthetic gel to the infected tooth;
  • Apply essential oils (from the tea tree, but also to the clove) on the area that hurts you using a cotton swab;
  • Make a mouthwash with a solution based on baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (or just lukewarm);
  • Place a clove on your painful tooth (it will release eugenol, a very effective agent in controlling pain).

Of course, these are only emergency measures while waiting to be treated by a specialist.

How Can I Prevent a Dental Infection?

And because it’s always better to avoid the pain (and the salty addition) of a dental infection, be aware that a few very simple preventive measures can help you keep your teeth healthy:

  • Start by washing your teeth regularly (preferably three times a day, after each meal); 
    regularly change your toothbrush, and favor soft bristles; 

  • See your dentist (at least once a year for adults, and two to three times for children). And take the opportunity to make a good descaling that will allow you to get rid of your dental plaque; 

  • Limit or quit your tobacco consumption (which promotes periodontitis) and sugary foods or too acidic (especially fruit juices and soft drinks, such as sodas) that demineralized your enamel and promote the formation of bacteria (which eat sugar). 

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Gurinsky

If you have any additional questions about the different types of infections that can arise or are seeking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today!

We offer periodontal services in two convenient locations: One periodontal office in Denver, CO and one periodontal office in Centennial, CO. 

Visits with dentists are very important, especially to avoid one of the most common diseases among people, such as halitosis or bad breath. It usually has an oral origin. While it is true that in recent years there has been a decrease in the problem as a result of the awareness regarding oral diseases, we must say that there are still many people who suffer from this disease. The experts in dentistry know that halitosis is the fourth most common disease, just below dental caries, gingivitis and pyorrhea. In this sense, the constant visits with the dentist are very important, since only an expert with his knowledge is the one who is qualified to provide a comprehensive treatment that allows solving the problem. Dentists are trained specialists to determine if the problem of bad breath is a matter related to the mouth or if it is a problem related to respiratory or digestive diseases. Going with the doctor specialized in dentistry is very important, leaving aside the anguish and shame that this problem can cause. That is why we will explain in detail in detail all the aspects related to halitosis, hoping that the following information will be very useful to solve the multiple questions they have on this subject.

What is Halitosis or Bad breath?

Generally bad breath is the result of bacterial accumulation in the mouth or teeth, caused by the accumulation of food debris in the gums and tongue. This is also a very common problem that derives from a periodontal disease such as gingivitis. However, it also derives from nasal problems, such as sinusitis – inflammation of the mucosa that covers the sinuses. Also, certain common foods and drinks can also lead to bad breath, even once the patient has brushed his teeth. It is a disease that can have many causes. However, the first medical authority to consult the dentist, since he has the theoretical and scientific knowledge to determine the cause of the condition.

What Causes Halitosis?

As we explained at the beginning, it is usually a problem with oral and bacterial origin, but it also has other sources. It is estimated that there may be more than 80 causes that lead to halitosis, which can be classified in different ways depending on their intensity, frequency, clinical relevance or the need for treatment.

The dentists have identified as the main cause of halitosis the bacteria present in the oral cavity, which causes necrosis or putrefaction, which lead to bad breath, usually in the presence of food debris. It must be said that other factors that are conditions of bad breath are added to poor hygiene; the lingual flap, a gum disease; hyposalivation or xerostomia – dry mouth; very extensive caries or abscesses – infections that become complicated and move from the root of the tooth to the bones.

In this regard, it is necessary to go to a dental clinic frequently for prophylaxis, which is the most widely used technique for deep cleaning of the teeth and gums.

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Gurinsky

If you have any additional questions or are looking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky to treat gum disease, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today!

We offer periodontal services in two convenient locations: One periodontal office in Denver, CO and one periodontal office in Centennial, CO. 

Oral diseases cause pain and discomfort in their early stages; but they can even cause disfigurement and death. It is critical therefore to take steps to prevent oral diseases before they arise. This article will explore some tips that you can use to help prevent dental problems from arising.

What is Oral Health?

According to the World Health Organization, oral health is a state in which there is no pain. No pathologies that affect the functions of this area. How to bite, chew, smile and talk; as well as preserve their psychosocial well-being.

Mouth diseases are the most common noncommunicable diseases, affecting more than half of the world’s population. Dental treatment represents an average of 5% of health expenditure in countries with a high income.

Meanwhile, in those with low incomes, cases with these conditions increase due to insufficient exposure to fluoride and poor medical attention. For WHO, oral health is an indicator of health, well-being and quality of life. All of these conditions are preventable or treatable in their early stages.

Prevention starts from childhood, however, the presence of caries in school age is still high. Between 60 and 90% of children at this stage have cavities.

How Can I Prevent Oral Problems?

To avoid the appearance of problems in the teeth you can follow some practical tips. Good habits and regular checkups are pillars to prevent oral diseases and at other levels of the body.

Follow a Healthy Diet

Likewise, the promotion of a healthy diet is essential. This is essential for good oral health because healthy foods provide vitamins and minerals to strengthen gums and teeth.

Enough consumption of fruits and vegetables creates a protective function in the prevention of oral cancer. The decrease in tobacco and alcohol consumption reduces the risk of tooth loss.

Try to include in the diet to prevent dental problems calcium and vitamin D, the second serves to increase the absorption of the first. In this way you get the necessary nutrients to strengthen the teeth and tissues of healthy gums. A great source of calcium is tofu, orange juice and green vegetables.

Reduce Sugar Levels

Reducing sugar serves to protect your teeth from tooth decay, premature loss and other related conditions.

Consider that the consumption of acidic foods erodes the enamel and demineralize them. Don’t eat between meals, but if you can’t help it, chew sugarless gum, drink water or eat some cheese. This helps the teeth resume their normal acid level.

Do not forget that chewing sugarless gum stimulates the salivary glands. Saliva neutralizes the acid in food.

Avoid sweets, candies, artificial juices, soda and energy drinks. It also lowers the consumption of junk food and regularly visits the dentist to detect cavities in time.

The worst enemies of the teeth are the sticky sweets that adhere to the piece, also the nutshells. Cereal residues and starchy foods such as popcorn convert bacteria into sugars very quickly. Be careful with these.

Brush Your Teeth Correctly

Another of the tips to prevent dental problems is to brush your teeth well at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, immediately after eating. In addition to supplementing your daily flossing and the use of fluoride mouthwash.

The oral hygiene is another factor that affects the prevention of dental diseases. The application of the correct brushing technique is the first step for teeth cleaning. The indicated thing is to brush the visible faces of the tooth with an extra soft brush. Change it every three to four months.

The use of a mouthwash after brushing is recommended, so we avoid food debris. Since the brush only cleans 60% of the surface.

Limiting Bottle Use for Children

To take care that children do not get cavities, the frequency of bottle use should be lowered, especially at bedtime. Its use leaves traces of food in the mouth. If you have more than one year replace it with cups with valves.

Also, get him used to cleaning before his teeth sprout. Clean the gums with a soft, thin cloth dampened with water.

The constant and low use of fluoride in the oral cavity should be maintained. This is obtained through drinking water, salt, milk and fluoridated dentifrices that strengthen tooth enamel.

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Gurinsky

If you have any additional questions about the impact that your gums have on your oral health or are looking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today!

We offer periodontal services in two convenient locations: One periodontal office in Denver, CO and one periodontal office in Centennial, CO. 

Dental implants for diabetes are quite feasible, but diabetics have to meet special requirements. It is known that high blood sugar levels promote inflammation of the tooth structure. So those who have diabetes also have an increased risk of periodontitis. However, since a healthy, inflammation-free mouth must be given when inserting dental implants, there is a risk that dental implants for diabetics may not heal properly and the implant may be lost.

This article will explore some considerations for diabetic patients who are considering getting dental implants.

What Risks & Precautions Should a Diabetic Be Aware About When Getting Dental Implants?

Blood sugar levels are often not under control in diabetes mellitus. Especially in patients whose diabetes is poorly treated or has not been diagnosed. Highly fluctuating sugar levels affect and disrupt numerous metabolic processes in the body, causing long-term damage to organs such as the kidneys or the retina of the eye. The increased glucose level in the blood also has a negative effect on wound healing.

However, this does not necessarily have to be an obstacle for a supply of dental implants. With stable, well-adjusted sugar levels and the appropriate precautions, dental implants for diabetes can also be inserted. In these cases, the loss rate in diabetics is comparable to the loss rate in healthy patients.

So what risks exist?

Healing Wounds

In order for the dental implant to heal properly, it is important to lower the glucose level and to achieve stable sugar levels in the long term. For this, the blood sugar diary is included in the treatment. The regularly logged values ​​provide information about the patient’s condition and care. In the sensitive phase of healing, the blood sugar level must be monitored very closely and kept as constant as possible. This requires a lot of attention and care from the patient and thorough controls from the practitioner.

Restricted Immune Defense

In diabetics, the body’s own defense system against infections with bacteria, viruses and fungi is weakened as a result of high sugar levels. Inflammation and infections can spread undisturbed and heal slowly. In the context of an implantation in diabetes, great importance must be attached to a germ-free oral cavity and the strengthening of the immune system. For this purpose, an antibiotic is usually prescribed before the treatment and during the healing phase.

Decreased Bone Formation

Calcium absorption and the production of bone-forming cells are disturbed in diabetes. A means of transport is required so that the calcium bone component can get into the bloodstream. In this case, vitamin D. However, its production is also disrupted. The bone production required for the healing of the dental implant is inhibited and impaired to the extent that the loss of the implant threatens.

Are There Alternatives to Dental Implants If I Have Diabetes?

Classic restorations with bridges, crowns or prostheses are an alternative to dental implants. These solutions are optically and often unsatisfactory in handling. Damage to neighboring teeth by grinding or special clip systems cannot be completely ruled out. There is therefore a lot to be said for the supply of dental implants for diabetes.

However, one has to take care that after an implantation, especially with diabetes, one has to pay attention to a thorough and careful oral hygiene. The tissue prone to inflammation requires great care and special care. Regular professional tooth cleaning and more frequent check-ups should also be taken by patients with diabetes in order to enjoy their dental implant permanently.

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Gurinsky

If you have any additional questions about how diabetes can impact dental implants or are looking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today!

We offer periodontal services in two convenient locations: One periodontal office in Denver, CO and one periodontal office in Centennial, CO. 

The mouth is strong and resistant, but the signs of age, diet, and lifestyle and body condition in general, directly affect health and dental aesthetics. The teeth and gums suffer over the years, since, on the one hand, the teeth tend to discolor and turn yellow, become thinner and translucent, and the enamel weakens.

In addition, the gums suffer from the accumulation of plaque bacteria as well as the action of certain general diseases and medications. What results in dental sensitivity and constitutes one of the first signs of serious oral problems that undoubtedly pose a great threat to show off a young and healthy smile.

And, 80% of adults have some gum disease and almost a third of people between 18 and 35 have weakened enamel. Thus, despite the fact that for those who suffer it is frustrating and that it is extremely common in people of all ages, patients often ignore these signs or do not even know they suffer from them.

What Causes Gum Damage and the Erosion of Enamel?

First, diet, drinks and acidic foods, such as fruits, juices, red wine or salad dressings dissolve the enamel making it finer, dull and discolored. Also the lifestyle, bad brushing techniques or excessive pressure can damage and weaken the enamel, as well as cause recession in the gum. Finally, another cause is different health factors such as diabetes, pregnancy or dry mouth.

How to Detect Damage in Gums & Enamel

The first signs that the gums have a problem is that they are irritated and there is a bad breath that does not go away. Then, when the damage is already advanced, it ends up causing a loss of teeth and receding gums.

On the other hand, when the enamel is weak, dental sensitivity can be noticed, since the dentin is exposed; the teeth may become discolored and appear yellowish; and the edges of the teeth become thin and transparent.

Are There Any At-Home Solutions for Gum Damage?

To solve all those who may suffer damage to the gums or enamel, Oral-B has developed the new Oral-B Gum & Enamel Repair range, which slows down the first signs of gum disease and repairs damaged enamel in two weeks. On the one hand, it works in the gum line to control the damage caused by the plaque, while repairing the enamel and defending the teeth from erosion of dietary acids.

However, the best long-term solution for treating damaged gums from gum disease is to schedule an appointment with your local periodontist! 

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Gurinsky

If you have any additional questions about the impact that your gums have on your oral health or are looking to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gurinsky, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff today!

We offer periodontal services in two convenient locations: One periodontal office in Denver, CO and one periodontal office in Centennial, CO.