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Dr. Ramon Rahimi, DDS
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Help Stop Gingivitis Before It Starts

What Is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. It is an inflammation of the gum tissues surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which can be a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Gingivitis can sometimes be painless and, therefore, people may be unaware they have it. To help avoid gingivitis, regular visits to your dentist, brushing twice a day, and rinsing can help control plaque and gingivitis.
Causes Of Gingivitis

One of the leading causes of gingivitis is plaque. Plaque is a sticky bacteria that builds up if your teeth are not brushed regularly. This can create toxins that damage your teeth and gums.
Signs of Gingivitis

Some things to look out for when checking for gingivitis include inflamed, red or bleeding gums. If you suspect you may have gingivitis, schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Recommendations On How To Prevent Gingivitis

The first step to helping prevent gingivitis is to remove the bacterial plaque from your teeth. To do this, try the following dental health routine:
Step 1 – Brush twice a day with a power toothbrush to help remove plaque.
Step 2 – Use toothpastes that contain fluoride, a powerful agent that helps combat the acid attack from plaque that builds up on teeth throughout the day.
Step 3 – Follow with a mouthwash that helps get those hard-to-reach places that plaque bacteria can hide in.
Step 4 – Finish your routine by flossing to help get in between teeth.
Step 5 – Don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
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Avoid Gingivitis During Pregnancy

What Pregnant Women Should Know About

If you’re pregnant, your dentist needs to know about the first signs of gum disease symptoms. Pregnant women are at increased risk for periodontal disease because the increased levels of progesterone that come with pregnancy cause an exaggerated response to plaque bacteria. As a result, pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis even if they follow a consistent oral health care routine.
Gingivitis is most common during months two to eight of pregnancy. Tell your dentist when you are pregnant — he or she may recommend more frequent dental cleanings during the second trimester or early in the third trimester to help combat the effects of increased progesterone and help you avoid gingivitis.
In addition, eating a balanced diet during pregnancy will help promote dental health and overall health for you and your baby. A baby’s teeth begin to develop between months three to six of pregnancy, so be sure that you are getting enough calcium, vitamins D, C and A, phosphorous and protein.
A myth persists that a pregnant woman will lose calcium from her teeth if she isn’t getting enough calcium in her diet during pregnancy. In fact, any calcium loss due to inadequate dietary calcium will occur in the bones, not the teeth. But if you include plenty of calcium-rich foods in your diet during pregnancy, your bones and teeth—and your baby’s bones and teeth—should be strong and healthy.

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Get Rid Of Bad Breath

What Are Common Bad Breath Causes?

If you suffer from chronic, severe bad breath, also known as halitosis, it's important to identify the cause so you can determine an effective treatment.
Halitosis has many causes, including the following:
Tobacco use. If you smoke, quit. Your bad breath may be due to other causes, too, but tobacco use is a guarantee of bad breath. If you are ready to quit, ask your doctor or dentist for advice and support.
What you eat, or don't eat. Certain foods, such as garlic, contribute to bad breath, but only temporarily. Once they are absorbed into the bloodstream, the smell is expelled through the breath, but the odors remain until the body processes the food, so there’s no quick fix.
Dry mouth. If your mouth is extremely dry, there is not enough saliva to wash away excess food particles and bacteria, which can cause an unpleasant smell if they build up on the teeth.
Infections. Bad breath that seems to have no other cause may indicate an infection elsewhere in the body. If you have chronic bad breath and your dentist rules out any oral problems, see your doctor for an evaluation. Bad breath can be a sign of a range of conditions including respiratory tract infections, chronic sinusitis or bronchitis, diabetes, or liver and kidney problems, so it's important not to ignore the problem.
The best way to improve bad breath is to follow a thorough oral care routine including twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing to remove the food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath. Mouthwashes only improve bad breath for the short term, and if you have a chronic problem, your dentist may suggest an antimicrobial rinse to help keep bacteria at bay.

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