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Bleeding gums are often a sign of oral or other health issues. Your gums may also start bleeding due to less serious, common causes. Knowing what to look for if you experience oral bleeding can help you determine what health steps you need to take.
Gingivitis is the beginning of diseased gums. If your gums appear to be swollen, red in color and prone to bleeding, you should make a dental appointment. Treating gingivitis early can stop it from becoming a more serious situation. If left untreated, your gum line will begin to pull away from your teeth. As periodontal disease progresses, your teeth can loosen and may require removal.
Certain health conditions may also cause gum bleeding. A bleeding disorder, anemia, diabetes or leukemia may be the underlying issue. While these situations are not extremely common, you should have a health check-up to rule them out.
Using a toothbrush with hard bristles or brushing harshly can cause your gums to start bleeding. Switch to a brush with soft bristles and use a lighter touch. Heavy brushing can wear away at your gums. Use gentle motions when flossing to avoid cutting into your gums.
Hard food particles, like popcorn kernels, can become stuck between your teeth and cause bleeding. Flossing and rinsing with mouthwash should remove the material. Bleeding may also occur due to an infection around the base of a tooth. If you notice pain, swelling or pus, make a dental appointment.
Improperly fitting dentures may cause irritation and bleeding. It may take some time for your gums to adjust to dentures. If the problem persists, consult your dentist.
If you are pregnant, or taking a blood thinning medication, you may have bleeding gums. Do consult with a physician to ensure that there are no other causes for the bleeding.
Floss gently to remove debris that builds up between your teeth. There are several brands of toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market designed to lessen bleeding and gum disease. Ask your dentist to provide recommendations if possible. Look for products with antibacterial ingredients. Crest Pro-Health is one of the many products readily available to improve your oral care.
You should always consult your dentist or physician if bleeding occurs easily or often. If pain is present, do not delay seeking medical advice. Catching health issues before they become severe is the best course of action.
Catching cavities early allows them to be treated before they begin to expand and spread into the sensitive root of the tooth. Patients whose cavities are treated early can receive much smaller fillings and avoid the risk of serious decay. A new technology known as DIAGNOdent is helping dentists to identify cavities when they are too small to show up on X-rays.
Dentists use a variety of techniques to identify cavities. As well as visual inspection, dentists can also probe teeth with a dental pick and take X-rays, but all of these techniques are limited in that they can only accurately identify cavities once they get above a certain size.
Leaving cavities undiagnosed can result in them growing significantly during the time that passes until the patient’s next dental appointment. Larger cavities are more expensive to treat and pose a greater risk to dental health.
Better dental health has led to stronger dental enamel in recent decades. While this improvement is to be welcomed, dentists now face the problem of hidden cavities, which attack the softer parts of the tooth beneath the enamel and are difficult to detect.
DIAGNOdent is a device that shines a laser into suspected cavities in the tooth. Decayed parts of the tooth appear fluorescent at the very specific wavelength of the laser light, whereas healthy tooth structure does not fluoresce. The DIAGNOdent device measures the amount of fluorescence to indicate the extent of decay within the tooth.
The DIAGNOdent system has been shown to be over 90% accurate in the detection of cavities. In comparison, X-rays only identify 67% of cavities correctly. Meanwhile, visual inspection and probing have a success rate of less than 60%. DIAGNOdent offers a significant step forward in cavity detection, particularly for small or internal cavities.
Another advantage of DIAGNOdent is that it is an entirely painless examination procedure. Cavities can be quickly identified without causing any discomfort to the patient.
As a show of support for community and the future of dentistry, Dr. Khozema and Dr. Rokshana Chherawala recently sponsored a Conference Room and an Operatory Room at the University of British Columbia.
The Conference Room is intended to foster education and patient-focused learning at UBC while the Operatory room is designed to allow students to explore the latest in dental techniques and technologies in a prestigious learning environment at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry.
The Drs. Chherawala dedicate the Operatory to their hardworking and dedicated staff members at ValleyFair Dental Centre, Maple Place Dental Centre, Aaargon Dental Centre, AARK Dental Centre and Lougheed Laser Dental Group:
The Drs. Chherawala value community – and improving the lives of others through healthy smiles and are incredibly proud to support the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry and the next generation of dentists.
Drs. Chherawala and Family Unveil Conference Room Plaque
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Dental extractions (removing teeth) may be a necessary procedure to prevent tooth misalignment in the case of wisdom teeth or to maintain the health of your other teeth and gums. Extractions nowadays are relatively quick and painless, so if you suspect you have a tooth that might require removal, contact your Maple Ridge dentist Valley Fair Dental today to book an appointment.
If it isn’t practical or possible to repair a tooth, our team of dental experts at Valley Fair Dental, your Maple Ridge dentist, may be required to do a dental extraction. Teeth that are extremely damaged by cavities or extensively chipped/broken will generally be extracted if root canal therapy isn’t a viable option.
Dental extractions are a must for a tooth that’s suffering from advanced periodontitis or gum disease because the chances of the tooth infecting surrounding tissues are high.
Wisdom teeth that are impacted (i.e. won’t be able to develop normally) or that simply don’t have room to grow are generally extracted.
If you are nervous or anxious about dental extractions, our dental clinic offers sedation dentistry for a stress-free dental appointment. To learn more about sedation dentistry, contact our Maple Ridge dental clinic for more information.
Please contact Valley Fair Dental, your Maple Ridge dentist, if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.
Your oral health is important and at Valley Fair Dental, your Maple Ridge dentist, our team of oral health care experts want to share with you the most important oral health secrets that will give you a healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off everywhere.
Dentists generally have a bad reputation. Expressions such as “It’s like pulling teeth” and “I’d rather get a root canal” are proof that doing something painful and hard is often compared to going to the dentist. In fact, going to the dentist is shown as something to be endured, not enjoyed.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way at all – and we at ValleyFair Dental, your Maple Ridge dentist, certainly don’t believe going to the dentist is a terrifying ordeal for any of our patients.
Our oral health care experts do their very best to make your every experience at the dentist a memorable one – in a good way! We know why people dislike going to the dentist and we’ve worked to make our office, our staff and our technology into a perfect combination of excellent patient-focused care and excellent oral health care.
If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, we offer you several dental treatment options such as sedation dentistry and we believe in honest, open communication between you, the patient and us, the oral health care professionals. Let us know when you’re uncomfortable and we’ll do everything we can to make you comfortable and relaxed.
If you’re afraid of pain, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that current dental technology has made going to the dentist a virtually pain-free experience. Extractions, root canals and even routine cleanings are now the most efficient and stress-free possible.
If you’re worried you’ll be judged for your oral health care regime, we promise you’ll only get a better understanding of oral health care, not a scolding! We’re thrilled you’ve chosen our Maple Ridge dental clinic as your partner in your quest for a healthy, happy smile.
Contact ValleyFair Dental and finally “feel like you’re on cloud 9” when you’re going to the dentist.
If you suffer from dry mouth – especially in the summer – your dentist at ValleyFair Dental has some valuable tips on what you can do to relieve your dry mouth symptoms and enjoy yourself, whatever the season!
Offer Yourself a Mint or Two
If you suffer from dry mouth, try a sugar-free mint, preferably one that has a strong and natural flavour such as spearmint. Mints should help encourage saliva production and as a bonus, you get minty-fresh breath!
Find Yourself a Tall Drink of Water
Water is excellent for promoting saliva production and has myriad excellent benefits for your oral and overall health. If you find that your mouth is getting dry, make sure to always carry a water bottle with you and sip accordingly. Drinking plenty of water means that you won’t suffer from dehydration or a dry mouth during the summer.
Give Yourself a Pick-Me-Up with Fruits and Vegetables
If you’re dealing with a dry mouth, snack on fruits and veggies – which are full of water and vitamins – and keep your oral and your overall health in top shape over the summer.
Dry mouth can increase your chances of gum disease, tooth decay and mouth infections so if you find that your dry mouth persists, contact ValleyFair Dental Clinic, your Maple Ridge dentist as soon as possible.
One of the most common questions asked to dental professionals is: “what are receding gums?”. In simple terms, receding gums are a result of gum disease — causing your gums to have a “receding” appearance.
What causes receding gums?
Typically, gum disease plays the largest role in causing receding gums. In simple terms, bacteria that enters the oral cavity as a result of gum disease starts to form plaque. Plaque accumulation can cause inflammation of the gums and this inflammation results in erosion of gum tissue – giving your gums a recessed appearance.
How to prevent receding gums?
Luckily, gum disease is very easy to diagnose. If you have noticed a receding of the gum line, then you should make an appointment at our Maple Ridge dental clinic to confirm the diagnosis and start proper treatment. Sensitive teeth, especially increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods, are another symptom of gum recession – the sensitive roots of the teeth become exposed and that’s why you might feel pain.
Gum recession can be a slow progression, but the end result can be quite serious and drastic. In the initial stage, the gums are pink and appear scalloped around the teeth. Afterwards, the gums turn a bright pink or red, soften and begin to bleed. You can actually see the gums receding away from the teeth as days go by. The teeth also loosen and liquid begins to collect in the space between gums and teeth. The final stage of receding gums is when the roots become visible along with increased pus formation. This is extremely painful and causes severe bleeding along with tooth sensitivity.
Is there treatment for receding gums?
Don’t delay and book an appointment with a health care professional at ValleyFair Dental, your Maple Ridge dentist, for proper diagnosis and treatment. There is no one product or medication that offers a cure for receding gums. The treatment usually focuses on gum disease – treating gum disease will usually also treat receding gums. However, you might require gingival flap surgery, tissue graft, bone graft and cosmetic dentistry to save your teeth as well as to restore the appearance of your gums and teeth.
The best treatment for receding gums is to understand the importance of a good and healthy oral routine to prevent and curb gum recession. Most often, there is no special treatment undertaken if the gums have begun to recede. Practice a good oral regimen to control the condition followed by periodic visits to the clinic to ensure that the recession has not progressed and that your gum disease is under control.
Receding gums can turn out to be a major problem if not treated immediately, so contact your Maple Ridge dentist at ValleyFair Dental for an appointment today and we will help you keep your smile beautiful and healthy.
“Why should I floss?” is a frequent question asked by many patients at ValleyFair Dental Clinic in Maple Ridge. In fact, flossing is one of the most important habits in any good oral health routine. Dental floss helps remove any food particles trapped between the teeth and lowers your chances of plaque build-up.
Despite the fact that most patients understand the answer to “Why Should I Floss”, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the proper techniques on how to floss.
It is important to carry out flossing as a part of your regular oral hygiene routine; brushing alone is not enough to remove all the food particles and regular flossing ensures that there is no buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque buildup can lead to gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis. Dental floss can be flavoured or unflavoured, waxed or unwaxed. Talk to a hygienist at ValleyFair Dental Clinic in Maple Ridge if you’re not sure which dental floss is right for you.
If you are not sure of the right way to use dental floss or if you are still wondering “Why Should I Floss?”, then contact ValleyFair Dental Clinic in Maple Ridge or come for a consultation to learn how to floss correctly. Here are a few starter tips:
1. Floss must be held taut and guided between each tooth and also under the gums to ensure that all food particles and plaque are removed. However, be sure the floss doesn’t scrape too much on the gums or it could cause gum bleeding. It is also important to change the strip of floss for each tooth to ensure that bacteria are not transmitted from one to the other.
2. It is important to buy dental floss that’s the right thickness. Floss that’s too thick or thin won’t give you the best cleaning.
3. Use dental floss every day after brushing, preferably before bedtime, as an effective precaution against gum disease, halitosis and dental cavities. Dental floss also helps to reduce the incidence of harmful bacteria in the mouth and hence lessens the risk of associated heart disease.
4. If you generally consume a lot of meat, you’ll want to floss at least once a day to remove the fibres that can get stuck between your teeth and cause cavities and gum disease.
You might notice bleeding the very first time after using dental floss, but this is normal and stops after the first few times. Regular bleeding, on the other hand, isn’t a good sign and you should consult an oral health professional at ValleyFair Dental Clinic in Maple Ridge to ensure that you are using dental floss correctly.
The video below, courtesy of Colgate, explains how to floss properly:
If you’re looking for a way to improve your health, your social relationships and your overall well-being, smiling is your best bet!
The simple act of smiling comes with a lot of benefits. According to a recent TED Talk given by Health Tap founder and CEO Ron Gutman, several studies support the theory that smiling improves your health and longevity. One study found that the width of a smile can be used to predict longevity – in other words, the wider your smile, the more likely you are to live longer. If you’re not happy with your smile and don’t smile often or at all, contact ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge to book an appointment and improve your life, one smile at a time!
Studies also found that smiling is contagious – which is a good thing, because a single smile can make you feel as good as winning $2500 dollars or eating around 2000 bars of chocolate! Children tend to smile a lot more often that adults do, so if your goal is to live a longer, happier life, get in touch with your inner child and smile.
But if your current smile doesn’t really want to make you…well, smile, come in to ValleyFair Dental for a custom smile makeover that’s sure to leave you grinning ear to ear. Smiling can lower stress levels and increase your attractiveness, so don’t miss out on the benefits of a smile and contact ValleyFair Dental today!
Enjoy the TED Talk below, entitled the Hidden Power of Smiling, for more fascinating smile research:
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