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How Pregnancy Affects Oral Health

Are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future? Did you know that pregnant women are more likely to experience tooth decay and gum disease? Even if you are not expecting at this time, it is possible that you have a loved one or friend who might be. While being pregnant is an exciting time, it can also be a time of exhaustion, illness, and food cravings. These symptoms can affect your dental health more than you realize. We wanted to share how your dental health can be affected during pregnancy and some helpful tips to keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Even if you aren’t expecting, this would be great to forward to a friend or loved one who is or soon will be. Their dental health is important too! Keep reading to learn more.

Flossing Is A Must!

Do you floss daily? No, we aren’t talking about the popular dance. We’re talking about flossing your teeth. One of the most important things you can do for your oral health is maintain your oral hygiene at home. Unfortunately, we only see our patients a few times a year, so the bulk of their oral care lands in their hands. Along with brushing your teeth twice daily, you should also be flossing daily. That is one area where many of our patients could improve. During routine examinations, we thoroughly check and clean your teeth, and we can tell who is flossing regularly.

Is that blood?!

For years, you have learned about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth to help prevent dental decay and other issues. However, what does it mean if you see hints of pink or red after rinsing your mouth? This is a sign you may be experiencing bleeding gums. Bleeding gums do not always indicate a problem with your oral health and can be caused by something as simple as food trapped between your teeth. Although if bleeding gums is a recurring problem, it is a warning sign there may be a problem with your oral health. Continue reading to learn more about what may be causing your bleeding gums.

My Gums Are Bleeding! What Does That Mean?

Do you notice that your gums bleed easily? When you are brushing and flossing your teeth you might notice a slight pink tint when you rinse your mouth or you might experience extreme bleeding from time to time. Although bleeding gums are something that many patients experience at some point, it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint the reason behind the bleeding. It is also important to be mindful of how often you experience bleeding gums as it can be a symptom of a more serious condition that might need professional treatment. To understand more about bleeding gums and the possible causes, continue reading.

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

One of the most common dental emergencies we see in our office is a cracked tooth. One of the easiest ways to prevent a cracked tooth is to maintain your routine hygiene examination appointments. During these visits, we inspect your teeth for signs of extreme wear and cracks. When teeth are extremely worn, such as from grinding, it can lead to the teeth cracking from the extreme pressure. It is important to have a cracked tooth treated as soon as possible.

Our Goal This Year

With the start of a new year, we are wishing nothing but health and happiness for all of our patients in the year ahead. It is our goal to help our patients achieve optimal oral health. With all that has been happening over the past few months, we know that concern for your overall health has been at the forefront of your mind. We want to remind you what a major role your oral health plays in your total health. During a routine dental examination in our office, we examine your mouth for more than you realize. Read on to learn more about one of the most important areas of your mouth, and here is a hint: it’s not your teeth!

Did You Know

We do our best to make sure our patients’ teeth are clean and healthy, but hygiene habits practiced outside of our office have an even bigger impact on your oral health. We all need a refresher from time to time on the best ways to keep our teeth clean at home. Read more to learn how to keep your smile healthy and happy.

When Is a Root Canal Necessary?

At Parkside Dental Care, we do all we can to save your natural teeth. We only have one set of teeth that are meant to last for our entire lives. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, but thankfully, we have the knowledge and ability to save as many teeth as we can. This is one of the reasons we stress the need for routine dental care. During routine appointments, we are able to spot problem areas in your mouth and recommend the right treatment. You should implement any treatment suggestions we make as soon as possible so that problems do not worsen. Dental decay will continue to get worse when not treated. A root canal is the last resort before an extraction.

The Link Between Your Oral Health and Your Heart Health

Since your youth, you have learned about the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day and maintaining your oral health. Did you know that being diligent with your oral care does more than prevent tooth decay? It also helps other important parts of the body such as your heart. The American Heart Association suggests that you can help lower the risk of developing certain cardiovascular diseases by properly brushing your teeth for two minutes per day. This is in addition to findings that your gum health is also linked to your heart health.

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