Your dentist can see your habits like a map on your teeth. One thing we notice a lot as dentists is Bruxism. When we encounter stress and anxiety in our day to life, that can often cause physiological responses in our body, and have consequences for our teeth! This blog will tell you all about bruxism, what it encompasses, and some tips to help manage this condition.
At Midtown Dental, we know that your smile is your number one asset! Cosmetic dentistry is about helping you reclaim your smile so you can live your best life with dental procedures that enhance not only the appearance of your teeth but also the functionality of your mouth and, ultimately, the longevity of your oral health. We don’t have any gimmicks, and we aren’t going to try to sell you something you don’t need; we understand that self-consciousness can often reside in a person’s smile, and we love to help people feel good about their smile! Whether you’d like to improve the appearance of your smile, or need to replace or repair lost or damaged teeth, there is a range of services available to help you achieve your best smile.
A cavity is a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of your teeth which develops tiny openings or holes. These begin to grow as the acid produced by plaque build-up begins to damage the layers of the tooth. At Midtown Dental, we work closely with you to identify and treat cavities before they require more costly interventions, such as root canals or extraction. Depending on the nature, location and severity of damage, your dentist may recommend a dental amalgam, a composite filling, or a crown—keep reading for an overview of how they each work, plus some tips for how to avoid needing them!
At Midtown Dental, the oral hygiene of children is our specialty. The first dental visit sets the stage for healthy oral care habits, and regular dental visits can prevent anxiety and tooth decay, both of which have lasting effects for your child’s oral health. We offer the fun of Kidtown to help mitigate any anxiety and make regular dental visits exciting for our little patients!
At Midtown Dental, we emphasize preventive care and good oral hygiene habits to prevent things like cavities, halitosis, and gum disease. Cavities can happen sometimes even when we do our best. Don’t worry, we will explain what cavities are and how you can best prevent them.
Although our teeth are among the strongest materials in the human body, they are still susceptible to injury. A chipped or fractured tooth is a common, often preventable condition resulting from excessive or repetitive force or physical impact. Not all teeth break the same—there are a variety of causes and types of tooth trauma. Depending on the nature and severity of the fracture to your tooth, you may require emergency treatment. Our Saskatoon dentists give their advice on what to do if you or your child has chipped or fractured a tooth.
How to Prevent Dental Decay
As oral health service providers in Saskatoon, preventing dental decay is central to our goal to promote your oral health. Dental decay is a common dental problem that begins with enamel erosion and often without symptoms. As it progresses to form cavities, you may notice increased tooth sensitivity. Discomfort may be minimal at first, but can develop and worsen as the problem persists. If left untreated, dental decay can cause toothache and damage to the root canal. In order to effectively prevent dental decay from developing in your mouth, it’s helpful to understand exactly what causes the process to begin. Read more
Which tooth replacement option is right for me?
There are many reasons for tooth loss. Cavities, gum disease, and injury or trauma to the face are all common causes. Regardless of why, if you are missing a tooth you probably already understand the implications this can have for the appearance of your smile and your confidence. A gap in your teeth can also influence your speech and eating. What you may not know, is that leaving a gap unfilled in the mouth can actually jeopardize the structural integrity and overall wellness of your jaw and mouth. Fortunately, you have options when it comes to replacing teeth. Read more
What causes bad breath (halitosis) and could it be a symptom of other issues?
Having bad breath can be embarrassing and harmful to our health if it is chronic. There are several causes for bad breath (otherwise known as halitosis) that range from lifestyle to serious medical conditions. Let’s discuss these situations in greater detail below.Read more
Reasons Why Your Gums Bleed
Noticing your gums bleed when you floss or brush your teeth can be alarming. The big question is: what are the possible causes of your bleeding gums? There can be different reasons why your gums might start to bleed when you brush. Some reasons are temporary while some are of more concern. It is important to make an appointment with your dentist if you are worried about your oral health.
Here are some of the possible reasons for bleeding gums:
This is the first stage of gum disease. Plaque at the gumline and on your teeth that are not removed by flossing and brushing can infect your gums, leading to the symptoms of gingivitis. When this oral condition occurs, your gums can be tender, swollen, and sometimes, bleeding when you brush and floss. This early stage of the condition responds well to good brushing and flossing habits as well as regular trips to the dentist.
Blood-thinning medications have been listed by the Canadian and American Dental Associations as a common cause of bleeding gums. These medications decrease blood’s ability to clot, thus leading to easier bleeding. Let your dentist know about any medications you may be on.
Switching from a soft-bristled toothbrush to a firmer one might also result in bleeding gums. When this happens, you may try returning to a soft or medium-bristled toothbrush and ask your dentist about which toothbrush is best for you at your next dental visit.
NEW FLOSSING ROUTINE
Changing your flossing routine is also one possible reason why your gums are bleeding. For instance, if you have not flossed in a few days or if you start flossing more frequently to help remove plaque and food from between your teeth, then you might notice some bleeding. This temporary trauma would often clear up within a week once the overabundance or under abundance is corrected and healing resolves.
Some pregnant women might experience swollen and bleeding gums when brushing and flossing. This is called ‘pregnancy gingivitis’. Hormonal changes during one’s pregnancy might alter the body’s response to the bacteria causing gum disease. As per the American Pregnancy Association, symptoms would clear up after pregnancy. Regular dental checkups, brushing and flossing can help prevent gum problems from worsening.
Obviously, we are aware if we are hit in the mouth as anywhere else sudden impact can result in tissue trauma resulting in bleeding. However slow, sustained force is also capable of bringing blood prominently to the surface. This can be contributed to with force applications of an over-aggressive brush but more often force applications of the opposing teeth of clenching and grinding.
Remember, bleeding gums can be your sign of the presence of gingivitis. If left untreated, it can develop into the more serious stages of gum disease. Find out what is causing your bleeding gums by seeing a dentist. If you are suffering from this oral condition, setup an appointment with one of our dentists here at Midtown Dental today!