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Gum Recession: Causes and Treatment Options

Gum Recession

Gum tissue is supposed to attach snugly to the roots of your teeth. If you notice that your gum tissue is loose or that more enamel is exposed compared to other teeth, you might be suffering from gum recession.

Receding gums aren’t just a cosmetic issue. Without adequate gum tissue, the roots of your teeth can be exposed to plaque that leads to decay. Gum recession can also lead to bad breath, loose teeth, and swollen tissue. Read on to learn why gum recession happens and how to treat it.

What Causes Gum Recession?

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Whitening Your Teeth at Home

Smiling Couple With White Teeth

Tooth whitening is one of the most important things you can do to improve your smile. While a professional dental cleaning will always provide the best results, several at-home options for tooth whitening can be effective if they are used correctly. Here are five mistakes to avoid if you whiten your teeth at home.

1. Overusing Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes are effective because they contain micro-abrasive particles that scrub stains off the surface of dental enamel. These particles can also leave scratches in the enamel if you use whitening toothpaste too often, so you should stick to standard fluoride toothpaste for daily use. Scratches in your enamel can be hiding spots for bacteria that promote tooth decay and infections.

How Your Genes Affect Your Dental Health

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One reason your doctor or dentist may ask you about your family history (rather than just your own personal medical history) is that some medical conditions can run in families. This can be due to shared genetics; someone with a genetic predisposition to a condition may pass down those genes to the next generation.

Your dental health is just as easily affected by genetic conditions and issues as your overall health. Some genetic predispositions can affect oral health directly, while others may cause mental or physical conditions that then create problems for your oral health status.

Here are some of the basics on how your genes can affect your dental health.

6 Types of Dental X-Rays

Regular cleanings and exams are part of caring for your oral health. However, X-rays are also commonly used to catch problems before they arise and to diagnose existing problems. Of course, there are many different types of X-rays your dentist can provide. If you want to be better prepared for your next X-ray, you should understand the different types of X-rays and when or if you may need them.

1. Bitewing X-Ray

Zinc and Its Role in Oral Health

Female Cleaning Teeth

What nutrients are essential for good oral health? Calcium and vitamin D typically come to mind first. You may also be aware that vitamin C is essential for healthy gums. However, other nutrients also play a vital role in dental health. Zinc, a mineral that your body requires in trace amounts, affects oral health in several different ways. Keep reading for a closer look.

How Does Zinc Affect Oral Health?
Zinc has a number of roles in the body. It is involved in the function of more than 300 enzymes, which are all essential for your body to carry out normal biochemical reactions. It is also involved in immunity, builds certain tissues in a structural sense, and helps with nutrient metabolism. The following are a few ways zinc is specifically known to promote healthy teeth and gums.

Dehydration and Your Healthy Mouth

Can dehydration impact your mouth’s health? From warm weather workouts to salty meals, dehydration sets in when your body loses more fluids than you replace. Take a look at the oral issues dehydration can cause and what you can do to prevent and combat them.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a red flag dehydration symptom. Even though it may seem like it’s only a physical sign, it can also affect your oral health.

Transitioning Your Baby From a Bottle to an Adult Cup

If you are currently bottle feeding your baby, then you may wonder when you should wean your baby off the bottle and what type of cup you should introduce to them first. While pediatricians have traditionally advised weaning babies off their bottles between 12 and 18 months of age, some babies are ready to begin the transition from bottle to training cup by as early as 6 months of age.

Most babies are ready to make the switch when they can sit upright and eat foods you serve them on a spoon.

Swap Out the PB&J to Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Although children may be picky and refuse to eat many foods, few will turn down a peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) sandwich. This easy-to-make meal has a rich variety of flavors that appeals to the immature taste buds of most children. However, it may cause dental damage in many children. The dangers are listed below, as well as some safer replacement ideas.

PB&J Sandwich Dental Dangers  

Dental Health Tips, Your Child, and Summer Camp

Their bags are packed and they’re ready to go. Your little camper is heading off to their first overnight experience. Don’t let a summer dental slump happen. If your child is going away to sleepover camp, take a look at how you can help them maintain their dental health while they’re away.

Schedule an Office Visit

When is your child’s next dental office visit? If their regular check-up falls during their overnight camp time, you’ll need to reschedule the appointment immediately.

Examples of Preventive Dentistry During Dental Consultation

Many people know that they should get regular dental consultations. The consultations are necessary even for those who don’t have dental diseases. Below are some of the preventive dentistry measures you may benefit from during your regular dental consultations. Disease Screening During your dental examination, the dentist will examine your mouth to look for signs of diseases. Both oral diseases and diseases in other parts of the body may have symptoms in your mouth. For example: