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Take Care of Your Mouth Munchers

Jun 22, 2008
Most of the problems that cause bleeding gums and gum disease is plaque, a sticky film-like bacteria that covers the teeth and gums. It is formed by acids secreted by the mouth after eating. Plaque is found in spaces between your teeth. Gingivitis causes gum bleeding and if left untreated, it can lead to the more serious form of gum disease, periodontitis. It is long term infection which involves the progressive loss of the bone around teeth and may lead to loosening and eventual loss of teeth. Less serious causes of gum bleeding include: intake of drugs that causes the thinning of blood; and lack of vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C.

Bleeding gums is often an indication of something much more serious, a warning that your body is trying to heal itself. Four major signs of bleeding gums are: swollen, painful or sensitive gums; blisters around the gums; discoloration of the gums; and the bleeding itself that occurs around the base of the teeth. Ignoring a bleeding gum problem may result in something worse as the bacteria from the infected area could pass through the bloodstream and can bring about more infections. The gums are the supporting structure of your teeth and not taking proper care of them will result to loss of teeth.

Gum diseases may be simple inflammation or serious ones causing major damage to the soft tissues and bones that support the teeth. These diseases are caused by bacteria that reside in the mouth. Acids readily form in our teeth a few minutes after eating. A mixture of bacteria, mucus and other particles forms the plaque that covers the teeth's surface. Plaque can be removed by simple brushing and flossing but there are areas that cannot be easily reached. When plaque hardens into tartar, a yellow or brown mineral buildup, it can irritate the gum tissues thus causing cavities and gum diseases.

Here are some practices that can reduce an infant's risk of tooth decay before his first dental visit: Clean the infant's teeth twice a day with cotton balls dipped in clear water.Do not permit your child to use his bottle, containing milk, juice or any flavored or sweetened drink, as a daytime or nighttime pacifier; use of plain water is the better choice.Teach your child to drink from a cup and wean the child from using the bottle containing juice or sweetened drink during daytime.Refrain from a giving the infant a pacifier dipped in jelly or sugar.

What happens during the child's first visit to the dentist will determine his reaction to succeeding visits. The dentist normally talks to the child to gain his confidence and once a child realizes that he is a friend, the examination of the child's mouth can be done while the child is sitting on the parent's lap. This first examination is brief with the dentist using the mouth mirror, telling the child that they will only count his teeth. From there the tooth doctor will be able to determine if the teeth, the gums and soft tissues are healthy. In addition, the child's facial and oral development can be examined.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://yourdentalcaretips.com
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