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Bleeding is a sign of inflammation. This is usually due to gum disease ranging from gingivitis to periodontitis. Whilst gingivitis is easily treatable, progression to periodontitis can result in pain, swelling, bad breath, loose teeth and eventual loss of teeth.
Other causes of bleeding gums could be localised to a specific area: tooth infection, food trapping, broken tooth, physical trauma.
An appointment with your dentist is the best way to identify why your gums are bleeding and follow-up treatment depending on cause.
Yes! Among all the things you need to think about, visiting your dentist may be overlooked, but keeping your teeth and gums healthy has a big impact on the overall health of you and your baby.
Changing hormones during pregnancy often mean teeth and gums can feel more sensitive and become easily inflamed. Visiting your dentist is the best way to make sure your mouth stays healthy and pain free.
Food cravings and morning sickness often go hand in hand with pregnancy for many women. Choosing healthier options such as fresh fruit or dairy foods and limiting the frequency of snacking will help your teeth stay healthy and free from cavities.
If you suffer from morning sickness vomiting, the acid attack on your teeth can cause irreversible damage to your teeth. Try to rinse with water immediately after any vomiting and chew sugar free gum to promote saliva production. Allow at least an hour after vomiting before brushing your teeth to make sure you don’t strip away the protective enamel on your teeth.
The Australian Society of Paediatric Dentists recommend your child have their first dental visit 6 months after eruption of their first baby tooth and no later than 12 months of age.
Your child's first visit to the dentist may not be for their oral examination. They could be accompanying you to your dental appointment for familiarization with our dental team and environment. It is extremely important to build a positive experience for your child as early examination and preventative care will protect your child's teeth now and in the future.
No matter how well you brush your teeth, having a professional clean and fluoride treatment with your dentist is a vital part of maintaining your oral health.
Our saliva contains minerals which can cause plaque to calcify and become hard and stuck to your teeth and gums. When this happens, you will no longer be able to brush this off at home. Leaving this calcification, commonly known as tartar, on your teeth and gums results in permanent damage and often results in loss of teeth and gum infections.
A fluoride treatment is usually applied to your teeth to finish the professional clean, to help keep your teeth as strong and resistant to decay for as long as possible until your next dental check up.
Treatment of broken teeth varies depending on amount of tooth structure lost/broken. Small breaks can be treated with a simple filling.
If a large amount of tooth structure is broken or lost, your dentist may recommend a crown to prolong the longevity of your tooth.
Breaks involving the nerve/pulp tissue of the tooth may require root canal therapy prior to restoration. If restoration is not possible, tooth removal may be required.
Accidents happen. What happens after the accident will have a big impact on the long term outcome of your teeth.
After a fall or a knock to a tooth, teeth can be cracked, chipped, become wobbly or have been knocked out of the gums completely. If the tooth is still held in the gums, it is important to see your dentist straight away to have the tooth checked to avoid sustaining long term damage which may have been otherwise preventable.
If your tooth has been knocked out of the gums, quickly follow these steps:
1. Find the tooth and hold it only by the crown, not the root.
2. If the tooth is dirty, rinse the tooth in milk or sterile saline. Do not rub the tooth.
3. Place the tooth back in position in the gums. If you can’t replant the tooth, put the tooth in milk.
4. Contact your dentist straight away.
Of course, prevention is the best cure. If you participate in any contact sport it is a great idea to have a custom fitted mouthguard made to minimise the chance of damage to your teeth in the first place. Having a custom fitted mouthguard will offer greater protection than a standard one-size-fits-most mouthguard and can mean the difference between a beautiful smile and a gappy, discoloured one.
Cause of toothache may range from dentine hypersensitivity to dental infection. An infected tooth cannot be treated by taking Antibiotics, nor will it settle without attention and treatment. Toothaches require identification of source of pain by your dental professional, and treatment depending on cause.
Swelling in the mouth may be from either tooth or gum infection. This should not be ignored and an appointment should be made as soon as possible with your dental professional. If left untreated, it could lead to life threatening conditions.
If you have raised temperature &/or difficulty breathing, please go to the hospital immediately.
If you play a contact sport, the risk of injuring your teeth is real. Once the damage is done, dental injuries arising from sports are difficult to treat and often result in expenses for a lifetime.
Wearing a well fitting mouthguard can help prevent serious injuries such as broken jaws and cracked or knocked out teeth.
A custom-fitted mouthguard works by absorbing and spreading the impact of the trauma. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth which is then used to make the mouthguard. Wearing a custom made mouthguard will give you far superior protection to an-over-the-counter mouthguard because it is specifically made to suit the contours of your teeth and mouth, stays firmly in place and will allow you to talk and breathe normally.
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