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Bleeding Gums Tips

How Homeopathy Can Help In Controlling Gum Bleeding

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Durgapur
How Homeopathy Can Help In Controlling Gum Bleeding

Even if you clean and floss your teeth regularly, you may have noticed a drop of blood or two dripping out from your gums. Maybe you feel that it is no big deal, but you may not be aware of the fact that bleeding gums can never be a normal symptom. Director of the Perio Arts Institute, Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha has raised an important question. Have you ever seen your scalp bleeding while brushing? If you feel that is not normal, then while brushing or flossing, if your gums bleed, you are most likely suffering from a periodontal disease which is commonly known as a gum disease.

Severe outcome of gum bleeding-

Gum disease is a simple, contagious bacterial infection that can cause havoc on your oral health. For instance, if it is left untreated, it can lead to destruction of gums, erosion of jaw bones and may even cause tooth loss. Not just the oral health, bleeding gums infect the whole body. Firstly, these can cause plague that creates irritation along the gum tissue and the longer this inflammation is left untreated, the faster it spreads causing a host of illnesses ranging from allergies to cancer.

Reasons behind bleeding of gums-

This disease is very common as declared by the American Academy of Periodontology in a report that says up to 80 percent of adult population is suffering from gum disease and very surprisingly, just 10 percent of this populace is aware of it. The good news here is that bleeding gums are caused due to various reasons that can be easily treated, and the condition can be improved to put a stop to bleeding of gums.

  1. Inadequate oral hygiene- Though you may think that you brush your teeth twice a day and so there could be no germ build-up, it is not true. Actually, it takes only 24 to 36 hours for a healthy gum to become infected with disease. Therefore, take care of your teeth in the best possible way and floss your mouth after every meal.

  2. Your diet is wreaking havoc - Processed food is not just bad for your tummy, your teeth are also going to be adversely affected with those donuts, chocolates, ice-creams and all the tempting junk food. It is always recommended to have a healthy diet comprising of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in calcium and vitamin C.

  3. Other factors like smoking, stress and anxiety can also trigger gum bleeding, and you should try to reduce them and consult a specialist if your gum health is out of control.
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Bleeding Gums: How To Prevent?

BHMS
Homeopath, Kanpur
Bleeding Gums: How To Prevent?

Bleeding gums: 5 best homeopathic medicines for bleeding gums
Homeopathic medicines for bleeding gumsbleeding gums can be a big worry for those who are affected by it. It is absolutely important that one should take good care of dental hygiene. Brushing one’s teeth twice a day, using a brush with soft bristles, brushing one’s teeth gently, drinking plenty of water, avoiding too much processed food and sweets can go a long way in helping bleeding gums. Another important thing to avoid is the use of tobacco in any form. Smoking and chewing tobacco are very harmful for the teeth and the gums. Chewing tobacco is also the leading cause of oral cancer.

Homeopathic medicines for bleeding gums
At times, even after taking care of all the above mentioned things, the problem does not get better. In such cases, one has to seek medical help. In my personal experience of treating such problems, I have found that homeopathy is very helpful. The homeopathic medicines work wonders and cure the problem pretty soon.

Happy Women's Day !! Oral Health = Overall Health

Dr. Bhawana Singh 90% (136 ratings)
MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Pune
Happy Women's Day !! Oral Health = Overall Health

Hormonal changes over women's lifespan can lead to increased risk for various types of gum diseases and tooth decay. In a nutshell:

Puberty: Increased production of progesterone and estrogen levels lead to swelling and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing.

Pregnancy: Increased levels of progesterone leads to pregnancy gingivitis esp. During second trimester. Increased plaque accumulation and lowered fighting mechanism of body to bacterias leads to pregnancy granuloma in severe cases.

Menopause: Age specific medications coupled with hormonal changes lead to dry mouth which in turn increases the chances of tooth decay and gum diseases.

Tips for a healthy smile:

  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • Brush and floss twice a day and rinse after every meal
  • Visit the dentist twice a year 
  • Take good care of yourself and your oral health. You can visit our clinic for any assistance.

Happy to serve you. Keep smiling!

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Lasers In Dentistry! What Do I Need To Know?

Dr. (Major) Varun Nischal 89% (317 ratings)
BDS (Gold Medalist)
Dentist, Gurgaon
Lasers In Dentistry! What Do I Need To Know?

When one hears the word lasers, the first thing that comes to mind is Star Wars. If only dentistry was as exciting as Star Wars! So now that we all agree on that, let’s see how lasers are changing dentistry and what we have to look forward to in the future. It’s actually some pretty cool stuff, even if you would probably rather be watching Star Wars.

There are several different types of lasers currently in use in dental clinics today.

Soft Tissue Lasers (Diode):

This is the typical laser you’ll see in a general dental clinic and is also the least expensive costing 1-4 lakh INR. It is only used for cutting soft tissue (ex. gum tissue). This type of laser doesn’t actually use the laser tip to cut tissue. It has a glass fiber than transmits the laser pulse which is charred and then heated up by the laser pulses. It is this heated glass tip that actually does the cutting. It isn’t as efficient in cutting tissue as say a scalpel would be but it makes up for that in the fact that there is little to no bleeding afterwards and the tissue heals beautifully. There are a couple of good applications for this type of laser:

  • Frenectomies (for example with tongue ties or a frenum between your top front teeth that contributes to the teeth wanting to spread apart)
  • Removing a small amount of gum tissue around a tooth before taking an impression for a crown
  • Stopping bleeding
  • Reduction in symptoms for cold sores and ulcers
  • Crown lengthening procedures for exposing tooth structure for crowns
  • Teeth Whitening procedures

Combined Hard and Soft Tissue Lasers (Carbon Dioxide, Neodymium Yttrium Aluminum Garnet aka Nd: YAG, and Er:YAG):

These types of lasers are the more cutting edge side of lasers in dentistry. They have the ability to cut both hard and soft tissue as well as some restorative materials. They can cut teeth, bone, and tissue. Each type has a slightly different application and usefulness. These lasers are also currently very expensive costing upwards of 35 lakh INR in some cases. This has limited their adoption significantly. One of the biggest benefits to these types of lasers is that the amount of anesthetic needed to numb a tooth is much more limited and in some cases not needed at all due to laser pulses effects on the nerve. Some current procedures that are performed with these types of lasers include:

  • Frenectomies – as explained above
  • Gingivectomies  – Excess gum tissue is removed for a better esthetic look
  • Laser assisted new attachment protocol (LANAP) – Periodontist’s often perform this procedure in which the laser is used to clean the pockets around teeth and in many cases it can help to regrow bone around teeth, which was previously impossible
  • Biopsies – Suspicious areas can be easily removed with a laser for evaluation by a pathologist.
  • Crown lengthening surgery – Bone is removed around a tooth to allow more space for a crown to be fitted to a tooth.
  • Preparation of teeth for cavities – These lasers can be used to remove decay and prepare teeth for fillings. It actually cuts the decayed area more readily due to the increased water content of those areas. It can’t cut amalgam or porcelain but does cut tooth structure and composite filling material.

As you must have gauged by now, the lasers find a versatile use in the realm of dentistry. They truly adhere to the "No Cut, No Stitch, No Blood" protocol, thus alleviating the fear of the patient. Next time you visit your dentist, just sneak around and ask for the lasers, if any and their utilities in dentistry. Good and upcoming dental clinics keep their technological standards at par with the international community by incorporating dental lasers in their practices. Give it a shot, at least once!

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Bleeding gums Home Remedies In Hindi - मसूड़ों से खून रोकने के घरेलू उपचार

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Singh 91% (52 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Bleeding gums Home Remedies In Hindi - मसूड़ों से खून रोकने के घरेलू उपचार

आपके मसूड़ों से नियमित रूप से खून का बहना आमतौर पर प्लेटलेट विकार या ल्यूकेमिया जैसे कुछ गंभीर बीमारियों का संकेत हो सकती है. यदि आपने ठीक से इसकी देखभाल नहीं की तो, यह गिंगीवाइटिस यानी मसूड़ाशोथ या मसूड़ों में सूजन का भी रूप ले सकता है. मसूड़ों में खून एक ऐसी चिकित्‍सीय स्थिति है, जिसमें मसूड़ों में सूजन दिखाई देती है और ब्रश करने और किसी कड़े भोजन के खाने के दौरान अक्सर खून आ जाता है. ऐसा आमतौर पर मुंह में स्वच्छता न होने के कारण होता है. आइए मसूड़ों से होने वाले रक्तस्त्राव को रोकने के लिए कुछ घरेलु उपचारों पर प्रकाश डालते हैं.

  • खट्टे फल: यदि आपके मसूड़ों से खून बह रहा है तो इसका एक कारण आपके शरीर में विटामिन सी की कमी भी हो सकती है. ऐसे में विटामिन सी की आपूर्ति के लिए आपको खट्टे फल जैसे नारंगी, नींबू, आदि और सब्जियां विशेष कर ब्रॉकली और बंद गोभी आदि का सेवन करना चाहिए. इससे रक्तस्त्राव में कमी आएगी.
  • दूध: हमारे मसूड़ों के लिए कैल्शियम भी आवश्यक होता है. कैल्शियम का सबसे अच्छा स्त्रोत दूध है. यदि आप दूध का सेवन करते हैं तो आपके मसूड़ों का रक्तस्त्राव ख़त्म हो सकता है. इसके लिए आप नियमित रूप से दूध का सेवन करते रहें.
  • कच्ची सब्जियां: कई बार मसूड़ों में रक्त संचरण न होने के कारण भी रक्तस्त्राव होता है. इसके लिए आपको कच्ची सजियाँ चबाना एक अच्छा विकल्प हो सकता है. इससे आपका दांत भी साफ़ होता है. यदि आप नियमित रूप से कच्ची सब्जियां खाने की आदत डालें तो आप ऐसी परेशानियों से बच सकते हैं.
  • क्रैनबेरी और गेहूँ की घास का रस: मसूड़ों से होने वाले रक्तस्त्राव से राहत पाने के लिए आप क्रैनबेरी या गेहूँ की घास का रस का उपयोग कर सकते हैं. इसका जूस जीवाणुरोधी गुणों से युक्त होता है जिससे कि आपके मसूड़ों से जिवाणुओं का खात्मा हो सकता है.
  • बेकिंग सोडा: बेकिंग सोडा का उपयोग भी मसूड़ों की देखभाल के लिए किया जाता है. दरअसल बेकिंग सोडा का इस्तेमाल माइक्रोइंवायरनमेंट तैयार करके मुंह में ही बेक्‍टीरिया को मारने के लिए किया जाता है. आप चाहें तो इसे अपने मसूड़ों पर उंगली से भी लगा सकते हैं.
  • लौंग: लौंग उन औषधीय जड़ी-बूटियों में से एक है जिसका इस्तेमाल हम प्राचीन काल से ही अपनी समस्याओं को दूर करने के लिए करते आ रहे हैं. जब भी आपको इस तरह की समस्या हो तो आपको एक लौंग अपने मुंह में रखना चाहिए. इससे राहत मिलती है. लेकिन यदि लम्बे समय तक ऐसा हो तो आपको चिकित्सक से सलाह लेनी चाहिए.
  • कपूर, पिपरमिंट का तेल: मसूड़ों को स्वस्थ बनाने के कई तरीके हैं. उनमें से एक है कपूर और पिपरमिंट के तेल. इसका इस्‍तेमाल आप अपने मुंह की ताज़गी और स्‍वच्‍छता बनाये रखने के लिये कर सकते हैं.
  • कैलेंडूला की पत्‍ती और कैमोमाइल चाय: मसूड़ों से निकलने वाले खून को रोकने के लिए ऐसी चाय पीनी चाहिए जिसमें कैलेंडुला और कैमोमाइल की पत्‍ती डाल कर पकायी जाए. क्योंकि ये मसूड़ों में खून आना रोकती है.
  • वसायुक्‍त भोजन बंद करें: जब भी आप वसायुक्त भोजन करते हैं तो आपको तीखा और ज्‍यादा आहार लेने से दांतों के बीच स्‍थान पर खाना फंस जाता है जो सड़ने लगता है. यही सड़न आगे चलकर यह मसूड़ों में खून निकलने की वजह बन जाता है. इससे बाद में गिंगिवाइटिस होने का भी खतरा होता है. इसलिए जहां तक संभव हो वसा युक्‍त भोजन से बचना चाहिए.
  • धूम्रपान न करें: धूम्रपान से होने वाले तमाम नुकसानों में से एक ये भी है कि इससे मुंह में अवायवीय वातावरण बनता है, जो बेक्‍टीरिया के जन्म लेने के लिये अच्‍छा होता है. इसलिये यदि अपने मुंह को जीवाणुओं से मुक्‍त रना चाहते हैं तो आपको धूम्रपान नहीं करना चाहिए.

Why Do Gums Bleed While Brushing Teeth?

Dr. Ramneek Varma 93% (350 ratings)
MD-Internal Medicine , MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Why Do Gums Bleed While Brushing Teeth?

Did you notice blood from your gums in the morning while brushing or flossing? There are plenty of reasons behind bleeding gums. Some may be temporary while some may be severe. Here are some reasons which may be responsible for the bleeding of your gums.

  1. Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the first and most initial stage of infection in the gums. A small amount of plaque and poor hygiene results in this condition which often leads to bleeding gums especially when you brush your teeth. But since this is the initial stage, brushing your teeth twice a day and maintain proper oral hygiene will cure the bleeding gums.
  2. Plaque: When plaque build-up on your gums becomes too much, it makes the gums come out from the teeth, and a gap develops thus causing bleeding. In the pockets that are formed between the gums and teeth, germs start accumulating. These germs start attacking the teeth and gums. When more and more germs accumulate, the bleeding also increases. With time this plaque become hard. The hardened plaque is called tartar. This stage is actually the second stage of gingivitis and is called the periodontitis.
  3. Medication: People who take medication for blood thinning usually experience bleeding gum problems. But you must be thinking how medicines can lead to bleeding gums? But the thing is that these medicines stop the blood from clotting and thus bleeding becomes much easier. If you face such a condition, pay a visit to your doctor and tell him about your medications.
  4. Change in Flossing Routine: A change in the regular flossing routine can also cause lead to bleeding gums. This has been reported in many patients. Suppose you haven’t flossed you teeth in the past few days or week and then you suddenly start your routine all over again then you are bound to have bleeding gums because your gums were habituated to a certain routine which you changed abruptly. The same condition will arise if you suddenly start flossing more times a day than you used to. Nothing unusual is good for your teeth. You should always be on a constant and regular flossing routine. However, bleeding due to flossing won’t continue forever.
  5. Change in Toothbrush: A change in your toothbrush may also lead to bleeding of gums. This happens because when you use a toothbrush for a considerable period, it becomes soft, but when you start using the new one, it is usually harder than the old one. This causes the gums to bleed. So always use a soft toothbrush, and if you are not so confident about the type of toothbrush you should use, talk to your dentist about it.
  6. Pregnancy: A type of gingivitis results at the time of pregnancy. Women experience bleeding from their gums and the gums swell considerably which happens mostly due to hormonal changes.

You should never give any unnecessary pressure on your gums and maintain a proper oral hygiene. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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When A Tooth Brush Can Be Changed?

Dr. A. K. Verma 91% (807 ratings)
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Dentist, Allahabad
When A Tooth Brush Can Be Changed?
  • A tooth brush can be safely used until it's fibers become hard and brush fibers spreading. When brush fibers becomes hard and start spreading we should change our tooth brush. Continuous use of a harden and spreading tooth brush cause more abrasion of tooth and puncture of gums and bleeding of gums. At long time use of this can cause gingival recision and thermal sensation of teeth.
  •  A brush can be safely used approx 20 to 30 days.
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How do I know if I have gum disease?

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
How do I know if I have gum disease?

How do I know if I have gum disease?
Gum disease is generally painless, even though it damages the bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease (gingivitis) will usually show itself as red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or clean between your teeth. Many people are worried when they notice their gums are bleeding and then brush more gently, or stop altogether. In fact, it is important that you continue to clean regularly and thoroughly if you are to fight the gum disease. If the bleeding does not go away within a few days see your dental team to ask for their advice.

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Bleeding Gums - 7 Ways They Can be Managed!

BDS
Dentist, Delhi
Bleeding Gums - 7 Ways They Can be Managed!

If you see blood while brushing your teeth, do not ignore it; it could be a sign of gum disease. A build-up of plaque along the gum line is the main trigger for bleeding gums. If left untreated, it could lead to gingivitis or periodontitis which could further lead to the loss of teeth. Bleeding gums are also caused by:

  1. Vigorous brushing
  2. Bleeding disorders or use of blood thinners
  3. Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  4. Improper flossing
  5. Deficiency of vitamin K
  6. Tooth or gum related infection
  7. Ill-fitting dentures and braces
  8. Leukemia
  9. Scurvy

In most cases, bleeding gums can be treated at home. Here are a few tips.

  1. Use a soft bristle toothbrush. Ideally, you should brush your teeth gently after every meal, but if that is not possible, begin and end each day by brushing your teeth.
  2. Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol as this can worsen the condition. Instead, rinse your mouth with a warm saline solution or a hydrogen peroxide solution.
  3. Floss your teeth twice a day to prevent plaque build up. However be careful not to cut your gums.
  4. Avoid snacking between meals and cut back on your carbohydrate intake. Avoid added sugars as far as possible.
  5. Massage your gums with an oral irrigation device on a low setting. You could also put pressure on your gums with a gauze pad soaked in ice water to relieve the bleeding.
  6. Consult your dentist to check that your braces, dentures etc. are well fitted and are not rubbing against your gums or causing sores.
  7. Avoid aspirin and other blood thinners.

In some cases, these home remedies may not be enough. If you experience severe or long-term bleeding or any other symptoms along with the bleeding, you must consult a dentist immediately. Your dentist will be able to clean your teeth and remove all plaque and tartar on the tooth enamel and under the gum line that may be causing the bleeding. The doctor will also be able to examine the positioning of your teeth to ensure that there is no alignment problem that is reducing the effectiveness of brushing or flossing. Your dentist may also give you a few suggestions on how to overcome this problem. Regular cleaning and dental examinations are crucial to reversing bleeding gums and the diseases associated with it. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Why Dental Health Check Ups Are So Important?

MDS - Orthodontics, BDS
Dentist, Hyderabad
Why Dental Health Check Ups Are So Important?

One of the major issues facing dentists, patients and patients wallets is that the majority of us don't visit the dentist on a regular basis.  More than a quarter of adults only visit the dentist when they have a problem.

The infrequency and irregularity of dental check-ups is causing a huge number of problems for us. The facts say a lot here with 31% of adults having tooth decay, 66% of us having visible plaque and 29% of the population suffering from regular pain in the mouth or teeth.

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist

      Both adults and children should visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend. For those with certain medical conditions, your dental team may want to see you more often.

    It is also important to remember that certain types of medication may impact our oral health too, for instance, patients who have ‘dry mouth' caused by medication may be more likely to get tooth decay and will need to visit their dental team more often.

Why Dental Check Ups Are So Important

   The problem we have is that many of us ignore the health of our mouth, especially when we compare it to our overall body health. We allow problems to develop before we actually visit the dentist.

There are a wide number of issues this creates but we have listed the two most common issues left unchecked;

      Allowing Gums to Bleed

        Allowing your gums to bleed helps create cavities and inflamed gums - pockets develop under the gum-line filled with bacteria that eat away the teeth and eventually the bone causing tooth loss. Visiting the dentist regularly can ensure your gum health is properly maintained and early treatment prevents serious problems developing.

    Tooth Pain

        Tooth pain is most often caused from cavities forming. Once a cavity reaches the stage where it is causing pain then root canal treatment (or possibly tooth loss) is more likely, or an extensive filling. Regular check-ups ensure that the beginnings of a filling can be identified, treated and additional brushing routines created. 

  Overall dental check-ups will dramatically decrease the potential for all oral health problems becoming serious. They are also cost effective compared to paying for expensive major dental works such as tooth replacements, crowns and gum repair.

Check Up Costs Are Low

      This includes a check of your teeth and gums and also covers basic treatments including scaling, polishing and the application of fluoride varnishes and fissure sealants. You will also receive advice on preventing issues developing and your brushing technique and habits.

Private dental check-ups are not significantly more expensive in most parts of the country.

Visiting the dentist should be a regular part of your schedule, just like a proper oral health routine. The benefits of check-ups far outweigh any minor inconveniences booking an appointment might cause!It's time to prioritise our oral health.

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