Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

Have you been noticing signs of pink or red when you are brushing your teeth? If so, it may mean that you have bleeding gums. Bleeding gums does not automatically indicate a problem with your oral health, but if you notice it is occurring frequently, it should prompt you to visit our office to ensure there isn’t a problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by something as simple as trapped food between your teeth, and once you floss and brush thoroughly, the problem is gone. Some other possible causes of bleeding gums include:

Helping Teens Manage Their Dental Health

At Integrity Dental, we stress the importance of maintaining proper oral health to our patients of all ages. From a young age, we are shown how to care for our teeth and learn about how what we eat and drink can not only affect our overall health but our oral health as well. When children are younger, it is easier for parents to control their food choices and help care for their teeth. Once children move into their teenage years and start making their own choices, it can be more difficult to manage. We want to help our teenage patients understand the harm they can cause their teeth when they are not cared for properly.

What Causes Damage To Tooth Enamel?

You may be surprised to know that your tooth enamel, which is the outer covering of your teeth, is the strongest substance in your body. When you give it some thought, it makes sense considering all of the biting and chewing we do on a daily basis — not to mention that our teeth are constantly exposed to the elements and frequently in harm’s way. Although your tooth enamel is strong, and can withstand a lot, it is not indestructible and can easily be damaged when it is not cared for properly.

Top 3 Causes Of Bad Breath

Are you self-conscious when speaking closely to others? Do you take a step back because you are concerned about the smell of your breath? It isn’t uncommon for us all to experience bad breath from time to time. It is expected after a cup of coffee or a big meal full of onions and garlic. After a thorough brushing, most of us have fresh breath again; however, if you continuously deal with bad breath that is not caused by food or drink, you may have a problem with your oral health. Read on to learn what conditions you may be experiencing.

The Importance Of Caring For Your Oral Health While Sick

Winter is a common time for illness, but there are still plenty of viruses that can impact your summer plans. While we hope our patients remain healthy this summer, we want to stress the importance of caring for your oral health even when you are not feeling your best. There are also changes that you should make in your oral hygiene routine to accommodate for your illness and to help you from reinfecting yourself or a loved one.

Have You Forgotten Something?

When was the last time you visited our office for a hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been longer than six months, or possibly shorter if you are being treated for gum disease, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment today. Summer is the perfect time to visit our office before the hustle and bustle of the fall and winter holiday season approaches. We would hate for you to experience a dental emergency that could have been avoided. Dealing with a dental emergency is a sure-fire way to ruin exciting summer plans. Read on to learn more about the importance of routine dental care.

Effects Of Sugar On Teeth

Starting when we are young, we hear about how sugar can negatively affect our oral health. Even though you have probably been hearing this fact for years, do you really know why sugar is so bad for your oral health and the damage it can cause? We think it is important to mention that the sugar alone is not what is harmful to your teeth, it is more the way you care for your teeth after consuming it. Your oral habits and hygiene have more to do with the state of your oral health than the food you eat. You may be surprised to learn that there are a number of foods that can negatively affect your oral health if you are not cleaning your teeth properly.

Learn More About The Importance Of Gum Care

At Integrity Dental, we care about more than just the state of your teeth. We are passionate about our patients visiting our office for routine hygiene examinations so we can inspect for any problems or look for indicators that there is an issue with the state of your oral health. Tooth decay is so widely known that many patients are surprised to learn that we also check the state of your gums and look for other conditions such as oral cancer. The health of your gums plays an important role in your oral health overall. You may be surprised to learn that periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss.

What To Know About Medications And Oral Health

We know that when patients visit our office they are focused on their oral health. They want to get their cleaning or needed treatment and be on their way. Many patients are surprised to learn that we care about the state of your overall health as well. Different medical conditions and medications can change the way we treat your mouth and may change what we are looking for during your examination. For example, patients with various heart conditions need to take antibiotics before receiving a cleaning or dental treatment. Other medications that you may be prescribed can also change the environment of the mouth and leave a negative impact on your teeth and gums.

Do You Celebrate This Little Known Holiday?

During the month of February, the stores are full of treats to enjoy for Valentine’s Day, couples are making reservations at their favorite restaurant, and single friends are making plans together. While everyone is celebrating love, we are preparing for another holiday that is celebrated this month on February 9th — National Toothache Day. While it sounds like this day is honoring the pain and discomfort associated with tooth decay, it is actually the opposite. National Toothache Day brings awareness to the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene to avoid a toothache.