There Is Help for Bleeding Gums

At Gill Family Dentistry, Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team want you to know how important oral care is for your gum health. Because your gums support your pearly whites, you will want to keep them in tip-top shape! Following are some tips we would like to share with you if you are experiencing bleeding gums:

– Limit your consumption of sugar and sugary drinks, and increase your intake of vegetables. When you do eat sugar, rinse well with water afterwards and brush your teeth to limit the exposure to teeth.

– Certain medications, such as blood thinners, can cause bleeding of the gums or interfere with saliva flow by causing dry mouth, a condition which allows oral bacteria to thrive. Your doctor may be able to switch medications or alter the dosage to help you.

– If you smoke, the toxins can actually interfere with your gum’s ability to receive nutrients and can cause inflammation. As the gums bleed, harmful bacteria which live along the gumline can enter the bloodstream via the ulcers in the gums and travel to your organs to cause inflammation.

– Bleeding gums are actually contagious by spreading harmful amounts of bacteria. If you or your partner has a lot of oral bacteria, avoid sharing drinks, keep your toothbrushes from touching, and be aware that kissing will spread the bacteria and make you more susceptible to bleeding gums.

– It is so important to brush your teeth at least twice daily. Using an electric toothbrush can massage the gums which increases nutrient absorption into the gums by stimulating blood flow.

– Floss at least once each day to remove dental plaque, a biofilm made of bacteria and waste products. If you have difficulty flossing, a water flosser may be a good investment to remove bacteria between the teeth.

– Keep up with professional dental cleanings to remove tartar (hardened plaque). Dr. Amandeep Gill may recommend more frequent dental cleanings, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery to help alleviate bleeding gums.

At Gill Family Dentistry, we can diagnose and treat gum disease before it becomes a serious problem. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California at (209) 549-1721 today. We are excited to help you achieve a healthy smile!

What is Crown Lengthening?

There needs to be enough tooth enamel available above the gum line for your dentist to place a crown or a large filling. Sometimes there simply isn’t enough available for the crown to be properly seated and cemented into place.

When this happens, your dentist might recommend that you receive a crown-lengthening treatment. This is an outpatient surgery performed by a periodontist. Before the procedure, they will need to take X-rays to determine the extensity of the treatment.

In most cases, you can remain awake during the appointment and your periodontist will simply numb the area with a local anesthetic.

Sometimes the periodontist will only need to remove a small amount of gum tissue. In other cases, he may need to take additional soft tissue or bone from the area to expose enough enamel to mount the crown.

After the procedure, you will most likely be given a prescription for painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication. While the gum tissue is healing, you will need to stick to a diet of soft foods. Tobacco use can also irritate the gum tissues, causing them to take longer to heal or potentially causing infection.

Your periodontist will usually schedule a follow-up appointment for a week or so later when the stitches will be removed.

If you have any questions about a crown-lengthening procedure, please feel free to call us at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment.