Smoking is a major hazard to health and promotes many diseases. In addition to nicotine (one of the most heavily used addictive drugs), cigarette smoke is composed of dozen gases (mainly carbon monoxide) and tar as well as almost 4000 other compounds which causes cancer are present. The ingredients of tobacco products affect not only our body directly, but also the people around us indirectly. Many of our organs succumb to the side effects of smoking, including our gums. Continue reading
The following program, when followed nightly, can aid in the prevention of plaque, tooth decay and gum disease.
Dry brushing. The first step is brushing every tooth with a dry toothbrush at the gum crevice, both on the inside and on the outside of teeth. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and slide the bristles closest to the inside of the upper lip under the gum. Vibrate the brush, making sure the tips of the bristles rotate under the gums (rather like scrubbing the cuticle of a fingernail). Use about ten quick rotations of the brush per tooth, trying not to lift the brush at any point (it’s been found that a person invariably lifts the brush on the same teeth time after time, and those teeth never get the right amount of cleaning). On the inside of the front teeth, hold the brush like a lollipop, parallel to the teeth, and brush with the tip, making sure the bristles slip under the gum. If you want to make sure the bristles get under the gum, bite the brush gently and you’ll force the bristles up. Continue reading
In this modern world of everything getting smaller and working better, why should the same engineering principles not apply to dental implants? With the advent of titanium alloy, we can create stronger mini dental implants that are around half the size of a regular dental implant and just as strong. With over 30 million Americans without teeth, there is a huge demand for dentures that don’t move when patients try to eat. Most of these patients have not been offered dental implants for lots of reasons. More often than not, it is because of the high cost of implant treatment. Continue reading
What are gums?
Gums are also known as gingival. They are part of oral tissues which support our teeth and cover the bone. Continue reading
A periodontal abscess is a localized area of inflammation in which there is formation of pus has take place in our periodontal tissues. Periodontal tissues consist of gingiva, cementum, alveolar bone, and the periodontal ligament.