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!

 

Flossing Fun For the Holidays

With everything to do during the holiday season, it’s easy to let our daily habits slide. Don’t let that happen to your dental hygiene habits! Let’s review some flossing techniques to make sure your teeth stay healthy and clean for this holiday season.

Break off an 18” piece of single-filament floss and wind it around one finger on each hand. Use a gentle sawing motion to slip the floss between your two front teeth, down to the gum line. Continue moving the floss back-and-forth as you carefully remove plaque and debris from between your teeth. Repeat around every tooth–including behind your back molars!

As you see, flossing is very easy! However, many people have a hard time getting into the habit. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to your gums, or you have a hard time physically getting the floss around every tooth. If you have problems flossing your teeth, don’t fret. There are interdental cleaning alternatives, such as water flossers, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and dental picks created specifically for this purpose. Talk with Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team about potential options.

If you haven’t flossed regularly in a while, be aware that it is normal to feel slight discomfort at first. If the pain or discomfort does not go away after 2 weeks, call and set an appointment with our team.

For more information or to set an appointment, call Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, at (209) 549-1721 today! Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team look forward to making your smile shine this holiday season!

What Do You Know About Oral Health Care?

Have you ever wondered if you are doing enough to take care of your smile? Although brushing and flossing remain the foundations to a healthy mouth, it is just as important to consistently make an effort to improve the quality of your oral care.

When shopping for dental products, it’s always a good idea to look for products that feature the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The ADA only gives this label to those products that have demonstrated that they are both safe and effective.

How do you take care of your toothbrush? To prevent contamination, never share your toothbrush with others and always store it upright in a well-ventilated area. Also, make sure your brush has soft bristles and that you purchase a new one every 3-4 months. Other good oral health tips include being familiar with your dental history, avoiding sugary drinks, and snacks; and scheduling professional cleanings and exams with your dentist. Avoiding tobacco, wearing the proper mouth protection when playing sports and recreating; and opting not to pierce your lips, teeth and tongue will also help.

For any additional questions or concerns about your oral health, Gill Family Dentistry is here to help. For a complete cleaning and exam from our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and the team at our office in Modesto, California, schedule an appointment by calling (209) 549-1721. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

How Do Cavities Form?

Have you ever gone to a dentist and learned that you have a cavity? Have you ever thought about how your cavities might have formed? Would you be surprised to hear that cavities and tooth decay form in different stages, or that you could reverse them before it becomes too serious?

You see, when you eat and chew, your teeth and gums will be exposed to plaque. If not removed, plaque can weaken the protective layer of your teeth, which is also known as enamel. Flossing and brushing are also important if you’d like to keep plaque and bad bacteria off of your teeth. Sadly, even if you do these things on a daily basis, your enamel may still be damaged. If this happens, you could notice white spots on your pearly whites. Luckily, this problem is reversible. However, if enamel decay is not addressed, it could continue to spread. At this point, you’ll need to have the cavity filled. Fortunately, you can usually notice a dark spot on your smile to help you catch your cavity before it becomes too severe.

If untreated, your tooth decay can also spread to your dentin—the soft layer beneath your enamel. Tooth decay can also get to the pulp of your tooth, which can affect the connective tissue and your tooth’s nerves. If this happens, you could need root canal therapy. Unfortunately, decay can continue to spread farther and might ultimately affect the bone that keeps your pearly whites in place.

You can generally avoid these issues by brushing and flossing your pearly whites on a regular basis and by scheduling regular appointments with us. If you would like to learn more about the stages of tooth decay in Modesto, California, please feel free to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill, and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.

Treatments for Gum Disease

Do you ever wonder what you should do about a missing tooth? You probably know that having this issue addressed is important, but there are several treatment options you can consider. Naturally, each option offers different benefits and drawbacks, but did you know that implants can help you overcome some of the issues caused by gum disease?

As you may have guessed, gum disease can actually lead to a number of issues if left unaddressed. For example, gum disease may cause recurring bad breath, sensitivity to temperatures, and even irritated gums. While these issues should be addressed, gum disease can also lead to a number of more serious issues. In reality, gum disease can even affect the bone that holds your teeth in place. If other words, if you lose this tooth, your teeth could fall out or shift.

Dental implants might also useful for addressing this issue since they’re placed in your bone, which stimulates bone growth. Furthermore, if you lose a tooth because of gum disease, an implant may be enough to complete your smile. Implants are also designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.

Do you have more questions about how gum disease could impact your smile? Do you have any more questions about the benefits of dental implants? Would you simply like to find a time to meet with our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill? If so, please feel free to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. We look forward to hearing from you!