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By Dentisty 4 You
February 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
DrTravisStorkDontIgnoreBleedingGums

Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.

First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.

How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all  Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.

What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.

Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.”  If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.


By Dentistry 4 You
February 03, 2016
Category:
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Over the years, your teeth tend to become dull and faded, which can make you look a little older. Tooth whitening offers the perfect way to brighten your smile and turn back the clock. Suwanee, GA dentists Drs. Uday Parikh and Shetal Parikh explain how teeth whitening can benefit you.Teeth Whitening

Excellent results in a short time

Over-the-counter whitening products take days, weeks, or months to lighten your teeth. When they do work, the results often aren't very dramatic. But when you choose professional teeth whitening, your teeth will be three to eight shades lighter after a short, one-hour session. Best of all, the effects of whitening will last an average of six months to two years.

A simple process

Before your teeth are whitened, they must be cleaned thoroughly. Whiteners can't penetrate tartar--hard deposits that form on your teeth and can lead to cavities. If this step is skipped, your teeth won't be evenly white after treatment. Before the treatment begins, your Suwanee dentist will place a barrier over your roots and gums to protect them from the potentially irritating effects of the whitening agent. Once your gums are protected, a hydrogen peroxide-based gel is applied to your teeth and the process begins.

An at-home option

If you prefer to whiten or touch up your teeth at home, your Suwanee dentist can provide you with a take home teeth whitening kit. Custom trays are made from molds of both your top and bottom teeth. You'll put the provided gel in the trays and wear them for the recommended time. The at-home option takes a little longer than in-office whitening, and you may need to wear the trays for a few weeks for maximum results.

Maintaining your results

The foods that stained your teeth before will stain them again after whitening. Avoid or limit brightly colored foods or drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, cola, berries and popsicles. If you smoke, now is a good time to quit, as smoking can discolor your teeth.

Interested in revitalizing your smile? Call Drs. Uday Parikh and Shetal Parikh, your Suwanee, GA dentists, at (678) 971-1150 to learn how teeth whitening can help you. A brighter smile awaits you!


By Dentistry 4 You
February 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  
4ThingsyouShoulddoifYourChildComplainsofaToothache

If your child has a toothache, there’s good news — and not so good news. The good news is the pain rarely indicates an emergency. On the downside, though, it may definitely be something that needs our attention.

Here, then, are 4 things you should do as a parent when your child tells you their tooth hurts.

Try to find out exactly where the pain is and how long it has hurt. Ask your child which tooth or part of the mouth hurts. You should also find out, as best you can, when the pain started and if it’s constant or intermittent. Anything you learn will be useful information if you bring them to the office for an examination. And, any tooth pain that keeps your child up at night or lasts more than a day should be examined.

Look for signs of recent injury. Your child may have suffered a blow to the mouth that has damaged the teeth and gums. Besides asking if they remember getting hurt in the mouth, be sure to look for chipped teeth, cracks or other signs of trauma. Even if there aren’t any outward signs of injury, the tooth’s interior pulp may have been damaged and should be checked out.

Look for signs of dental disease. Take a close look at the tooth your child’s complaining about: do you see brown spots or obvious cavities? You should also look for swollen gums or sores on the inside of the mouth. If there’s been no apparent injury, these could be signs of infection related to tooth decay.

Try to relieve pain symptoms. If you don’t see anything unusual, there may be a piece of candy or other hard food debris between the teeth causing the pain — gently floss around the tooth to dislodge it. If the pain persists give appropriate doses of ibuprofen or acetaminophen (not aspirin). If there’s swelling, you can also apply an icepack on the outside of the jaw. In any case, you should definitely schedule a visit with us for an examination.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Child’s Toothache.”