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Protecting Your Smile When You Are Sick

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When you are feeling sick, it can be tempting to stop taking care of yourself. Feeling under the weather usually means your body is experiencing pain or discomfort, and the urge to stay in bed all day and put hygiene habits on “hold” can seem overwhelming.

Taking care of your mouth when you are sick, however, may be even more important than taking care of your mouth when you are healthy! Good dental hygiene habits matter every day of the year, but when your immune system has been compromised, or there is an excess of germs and bacteria in your living space due to illness, it is particularly important to practice ...

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What to Expect during a Deep Cleaning Treatment

Deep cleaning is one of the best ways to fight gum disease, and depending on the level of disease, a thorough deep cleaning may require more than one visit. Let’s explore the symptoms of gum disease and what happens during and after a deep cleaning treatment.

What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

  • Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. At this stage, the condition is usually painless, but you might notice redness, swelling, and light bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth.
  • Periodontitis is gingivitis left untreated. Symptoms include but are not limited to loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.

What Happens During Deep Cleaning?

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Noticed Itchy Gums? What You Can Do

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Itchy gums are annoying, but not uncommon. The cause can range from inadequate oral hygiene to bruxism (teeth grinding). If your gums feel itchy, the first thing to do is take note of any other symptoms you may be experiencing at the same time.

For example, an itching sensation that is present along with tender or inflamed gums may indicate periodontal disease. If the roof of your mouth itches, you may be dealing with an allergy.

Itchy Gums and Your Oral Health

Most commonly, though, itching is a result of a buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. If you don’t remove this buildup with proper brushing and flossing, it can turn ...

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Tobacco Use and Your Oral Health

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Doylestown dentist Dr. Elyce Link-Bindo wants to provide you with all the support you need to enjoy a healthy smile. It certainly is no secret that tobacco use is bad for your general health. So it should not be too hard to imagine they impact that smoking can have on your oral health.

Tobacco use weakens your immune system and makes it harder to fight off periodontal (gum) infections. It also makes it more difficult for your mouth to heal if you have gum disease treatment.

What does this mean for you if you are a smoker?

Here are some interesting facts from the Centers for Disease Control that you should consider:

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Can Acid Reflux Affect My Teeth?

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Many people are diagnosed with GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) and heartburn every year.  Acid reflux often feels like a burning sensation or chest pain that can wake you up in the middle of the night.  The chest pain can be so severe it mimics a heart attack.  GERD has also been linked to severe deterioration and irritation of the throat.  If the acid in your stomach is so strong that it can cause throat problems, how does it affect your teeth?  Sometimes the teeth are the first areas to show signs of acid reflux.  Stomach acid in large quantities can thin and wash away tooth enamel.  Once the outer protective ...

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Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned every six months?

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Even if you always brush and floss your teeth, it is very beneficial to have your teeth cleaned once every six months.  Dental plaque and tartar are a collection of germs on your teeth that can affect not only your mouth but your whole body.  The bacteria in the mouth have been found to travel to other parts of your body such as your heart or even your brain.  In fact for some people, it is necessary to have their teeth cleaned more frequently such as once every 3 or 4 months.  If your gums are healthy and you do not have a lot of dental plaque, a cleaning once ...

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Tips for preventing gum disease

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One of the most common dental issues people have is gum disease. Bad oral hygiene or skipping cleanings can lead to gum disease and because gum disease won’t cause many symptoms in its early stages, it is often left untreated until it has progressed to periodontal disease. Dr. Richard Cavanaugh and Dr. Elyce Link-Bindo are dedicated to preventative care so gum disease can be caught and reversed before it causes permanent damage.

Gum Disease

Gum disease happens when the bacteria and plaque are not removed properly and is able to grow and push its way in between teeth and gums. As it spreads it can lead to ...

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