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Category: Gum Therapy

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Signs of a Gum Abscess

A gum abscess is a serious condition that can become dangerous without immediate medical attention.  A gum abscess is a painful, potentially dangerous condition that results from an infection. It is often accompanied by swelling, pain, and redness, but not always — an early gum abscess might simply feel like a sensitive tooth. Because gum

Why Are My Braces Causing Swollen Gums?

If you’ve recently gotten braces, it’s probably too soon to see any significant changes in your jaw’s alignment. However, you may have noticed that your braces are already causing swollen gums. If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, your dentist might suggest getting braces from an orthodontist. Though these wire-based dental appliances are
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Flossing: Why Does It Hurt?

Do you avoid flossing because it’s painful? Here’s why you shouldn’t. Dental flossing is up there with “eat your vegetables” — something we know we should do but often don’t. Yet flossing is a vital component of maintaining good oral health, and skipping it can lead to serious dental problems, like gum disease. Perhaps you

7 Telltale Signs of Gum Disease

Could you have gum disease? Here are seven telltale signs to look out for. Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissues around your teeth. When plaque builds up on your teeth and hardens into tartar beneath the gum line, the stubborn bacteria that you can’t brush
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Can You Reverse Periodontal Disease?

Is it possible to reverse the effects of periodontitis and save your gums? Here’s what you can do to treat and manage gum disease. It’s never too early to start taking care of your gums, but can it be too late? Periodontitis, commonly known as gum disease, is a serious gum infection that damages the
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Is the Waterpik Better Than Floss?

Water flossing might seem like an appealing alternative to traditional flossing, but it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for traditional dental floss.  In the past decade, water flossers have quickly become a popular component of many people’s dental hygiene routines. Water flossers like Waterpik help to remove dental plaque using pressurized water — all

Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease?

Studies have established a connection between gum disease and heart disease — though scientists are still trying to determine why.  You may have heard the odd claim that keeping your gums healthy can ward off heart disease. Naturally, this raises questions. Is there really a connection between gum disease and heart disease? How much evidence

Can You Correct a Gummy Smile?

Don’t let a gummy smile get in the way of your self-confidence. Depending on the root cause, there are several corrective options available for a gummy smile.  Not liking your smile can have a serious negative impact on your overall self-confidence. People who are self-conscious about their smiles will often try to cover their mouths
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What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?

While sensitive teeth are usually caused by worn-down enamel, anyone with sensitive teeth should consult a dentist to ensure they aren’t a symptom of a more serious condition. Let’s say you’re biting down into your morning cereal, and your teeth hurt with every crunch. Maybe it’s an acidic beverage, like lemonade, that gives you a