What is Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis?

You may have heard the term but didn’t know what it was. The term Gingivitis can be frightening if you are unaware of what it is. Simply put, it is the inflammation of the gums. In itself, it is not serious, but it can lead to dental problems if it’s not treated properly. What causes gingivitis? Gingivitis is generally caused by a buildup of plaque in and around the teeth. But there are also other causes. The buildup can occur due to the presence of certain types of bacteria, an allergic reaction, malnutrition, or even genetic factors. It can also sometimes occur for apparently no reason at all. While it is considered to be a non-destructive dental condition, it is important that it is diagnosed and treated early by a dental professional. Importance of Early Treatment  An early diagnosis means dentists can treat it before it progresses to a more serious condition. Although gingivitis is not serious in most cases, when left untreated it can lead to periodontitis or gum disease. This can eventually lead to tooth loss. Symptoms of Gingivitis How do you know if you have gingivitis? The actual condition requires a diagnosis from a dental professional. Initially, you may notice swollen gums. Once it becomes more severe it can cause symptoms such as bright red gums, bad breath, bleeding during brushing or flossing, and receding gums. If you have noticed any of these signs or symptoms, it’s important to discuss it with a dental professional. Treatment The good news is that many cases of gingivitis can be reversed with proper treatment. If you suspect that you...
Oral Thrush: Get In the Know About Oral Yeast

Oral Thrush: Get In the Know About Oral Yeast

When an excess growth of yeast occurs in your mouth or esophagus, oral thrush can develop, says Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental. While it is natural for bacterial yeast to exist in your mouth, occasionally an overgrowth can occur. That’s what triggers oral thrush. This type of yeast is the same type of organism that causes vaginal yeast infections to develop. How to recognize oral thrush One of the most recognizable symptoms of oral thrush is the appearance of white lesions on the roof the mouth, and sometimes in the back of the mouth. These lesions most often look something like cottage cheese, although they can also sometimes be a reddish color. People who develop oral thrush will often experience difficulty swallowing, or a kind of woolly feeling in the mouth. People at risk for developing oral thrush In Bala Cynwyd, PA, as elsewhere in the U.S., the people who are most likely to develop oral thrush are immuno-suppressed patients, such as those who are being treated with chemotherapy, those who have HIV/AIDS, or those who have uncontrolled diabetes. When you have a suppressed immune system, it leaves you more vulnerable to infection, which allows thrush to develop in the mouth. Another group of at-risk people is those who take asthma medication or oral steroids. Either of those medications can interfere with the normal balance of yeast in the mouth. Rinsing the mouth out after inhalation can reduce the risk of developing oral thrush. For more information about oral infections and how to prevent them, or any other dental concerns you may have, be sure to talk to Dr....
Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

During pregnancy, gums are prone to bleeding, especially when you floss or brush. due to hormonal changes. While pregnancy gingivitis is a pretty normal condition that will most likely go away after delivery, Oasis Dental recommends that you up your oral hygiene game when pregnant. Why it Happens Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause your gums to become inflamed. This makes you more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque, hence the red, swollen, and bleeding gums. While the condition many times resolves after birth, pregnancy gingivitis could progress to periodontal disease in some cases, so it’s best to be proactive. Remedies Apart from good oral hygiene, regular salt water rinses in your mouth help you get rid of bacteria. Limit your intake of sugary foods and particularly those that stick to the teeth. Making sure to be gentle during your daily brush and floss can help with any pain or looseness of your teeth during this time. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA team is here for you during this time of changes. To keep up to date on your oral health during your pregnancy, book an appointment with Dr. Spieler. He will monitor you for pregnancy gingivitis and recommend tips that will keep the bleeding at the minimum so you can focus on getting ready for your new...
Are There Really Benefits to Using Fluoride-free Toothpastes?

Are There Really Benefits to Using Fluoride-free Toothpastes?

Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental is aware of the new fluoride-free toothpastes on the market, and recommends that most patients consider going for fluoridated toothpaste. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist knows that a fluoride-free toothpaste may be something you may have to consider due to extenuating circumstances like allergies or high fluoride content in your diet. For the majority of patients, a big dental benefit is lost by excluding fluoride. Fluoride and its cavity-fighting ability Toothpastes that are fluoride-free will still do a good job of removing material from your mouth which contribute to tooth decay and may help with whitening, assuming that regular brushing and flossing is done. However, what those pastes cannot do is offer the extra benefit of making your tooth enamel harder through the remineralization process that fluoridated toothpaste causes. Fluoride replaces lost minerals in your teeth when it’s used in the miniscule amounts present in most commercial toothpastes, making our teeth more capable of resisting the effects of harmful bacteria in the mouth as well as ingredients in the foods and beverages we all take in. Fluoride helps to preserve your tooth enamel, which is the first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities, making it very important as a tool of prevention and to keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you are concerned about your fluoride intake, or have any questions about what kind of toothpaste is right for you, be sure to give our caring Oasis Dental team a call to schedule a consultation or...
Don’t Skip Tongue Cleaning and Get Fresh Breath

Don’t Skip Tongue Cleaning and Get Fresh Breath

Although most dentists don’t always recommend tongue cleaning as part of your dental care, there is research that shows brushing your tongue can help maintain fresh breath. The reason your tongue is often thought to be one cause of bad breath is that bacteria in your mouth thrives on food debris. When those little particles get broken down, they can release smelly by-products. Oasis Dental wants to help you control bad breath through tongue cleaning. How to Clean Your Tongue You can use your everyday toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Stick out your tongue as far as you can. Reach to the back of your tongue and scrape forward. Don’t press too hard, just use enough pressure to take off the food particles and bacteria. Rinse your toothbrush or tongue scraper after every time you pass it over your tongue. Mouthwash can be another way to clean your tongue. An over-the-counter mouthwash generally works fine, but Dr. Spieler can prescribe a therapeutic mouthwash that can help control severe bad breath that isn’t due to an infection or sore.   See Your Dentist for a Healthy Mouth Replace your toothbrush and tongue scraper at three to four-month intervals, or if you’ve been sick with a cold or infection. Your tongue should be pink when you’re done cleaning it. Your mouth should feel better. Maintain good oral health by making an appointment with a Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist for a routine...
Flossing: Making it a Habitual Oral Hygiene Practice

Flossing: Making it a Habitual Oral Hygiene Practice

It has been a couple years since The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2016) issued a statement that underscored the importance of flossing.  However, the number of Americans taking this advice into practice may still be insufficient: the study confirmed that a third of American adults self-reported that they don’t floss entirely.   Interdental Cleaners The reasons why flossing in America isn’t as popular or widely practiced as brushing teeth remains unknown. Nevertheless, your Bala Cynwyd dentist Dr. Spieler wants his patients to know that using floss or other interdental cleaners is key for maintaining a healthy smile. Interdental cleaners are a wide range of products specially designed to remove food particles ensnared between your teeth. They range from dental floss to plastic or wooden picks to water flossers. Interdental cleaners are also low-risk dental cleaning tools, meaning they don’t have much of an ability to cause mistakes or injury. Some manufacturers even flavor and wax-coat their dental tape, but the American Dental Association stresses the importance of the technique used and time put into flossing over the kind of floss used.   Why Flossing Works Toothbrush bristles aren’t as effective in dislodging food particles trapped in between your teeth compared to floss. Trapped food particles provide a breeding ground for bacteria which, if left unattended, form bacteria colonies known as plaque. Plaque is responsible for cavities and gum diseases, and hardened plaque, also known as tartar, requires more intensive care to remove. Flossing once a day can prevent that process: it disrupts the bacteria colonies forming between your teeth, thoroughly cleaning them out before they have...
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