Tips on Caring for Bleeding Gums

Do your gums bleed? If so, you shouldn’t ignore it. Typically, it’s a sign that your oral hygiene is a little on the poor side, meaning you probably don’t floss enough (or you don’t floss properly) or you probably don’t attend your checkup appointments as much as you should. It’s important to care for your gums regularly so you don’t fall victim to gum disease. So, if you have bleeding gums, our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, encourages you to do the following things:

-Brush regularly: Make sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time. Brushing under or over two minutes can harm your gums. Also, don’t brush too hard. Brushing too hard can irritate the gums. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when you scrub.

-Floss regularly: Floss at least once a day and make sure to floss every crevice of the smile as well as along the gumline. This is a very important task because it removes the plaque from the smile. Plaque is a substance that commonly causes bleeding gums and gum disease.

-Attend your checkups: It’s vital to visit our office for a routine dental cleaning and exam appointment every six months. This is because the cleaning treatment provided removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline and saves your smile.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to care for bleeding gums in Modesto, California, please contact Gill Family Dentistry today at (209) 549-1721. Our dental team is more than happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!


Protecting and Reinserting Knocked Out Teeth

In the event that one or more of your teeth gets knocked out of their sockets, there are some things you can do to preserve the tooth so the dentist can put it back in time.

The first thing to do is to pick the tooth up by the crown, the top part of the tooth and what you normally see when you look inside your mouth. Picking it up by the roots is not a good idea, so try not to do that. Next, gently wipe it to get rid off any dirt that may be on it.

From here, you have a few options. You can place in your mouth, because your saliva can keep it moist and alive. You can try to insert it back into its socket, but if that causes too much discomfort, you may instead carry it between your cheek and your teeth.

If neither option works for you, cold milk can be used instead. Just be sure that whatever decision you make is quick. Your tooth will not last for long.

You need to get to the dentist within 15 to 30 minutes. If you get late or if the wait will be long, the dentist may be able to immerse the tooth in a special solution. This solution may keep the tooth alive for longer than saliva or milk.

Once you make it to our office, Dr. Amandeep S Gill can work to get your teeth back in order. If you have need of our help, for both emergencies and non-emergencies, call us at (209) 549-1721.