Bleeding Gums & How to Treat Them

Do your teeth bleed while brushing or flossing?

When there is a lot of plaque buildup along the gum line, it causes your gums to become inflamed and bleed. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that can spread causing tooth decay or gum disease. However bleeding gums can happen for a variety of reasons besides plaque.

Most common circumstance that cause your gums to bleed:

  • Flossing: Generally flossing shouldn’t cause your gums to bleed, so it may be caused by an underlying problem with your teeth or gums.
  • Medical:Medications such as blood thinners may cause your gums to be more prone to bleeding. It is important o inform your Smith Dental Care dentist of all medications and/or supplements you may be taking.
  • Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause your gums to bleed, as well as increasing your risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer.
  • Gingivitis: This is the firs stage of periodontal disease, which causes your gums to bleed, making them tender and swollen. Your Smith Dental dentist can use aggressive treatments like scaling or periodontal therapy to slow down its development.

As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, bleeding gums will never be an issue. If you feel as though you have significant plaque buildup, scheduled an appointment today so Smith Dental Care can get you in for a professional cleaning.


Main Causes of Tooth Grinding

Current statistics show that 50-96% of adults grind their teeth at some point in their life, being most common in adults 25 to 44, yet there isn’t a clear reason as to why this occurs. Excessive tooth grinding, gnashing, and/or jaw clenching is known as “Bruxism” which is a condition when you unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake or clench/grind them during sleep. Many different factors can cause someone to start grinding their teeth, and we have listed the some of the most common causes below:

  1. Sleep Disorders
    1. This is one of the leading causes of tooth grinding, which is another reason why we see most teeth grinding occurring during the night. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the most severe of sleep disorders and almost often causes bruxism.
  2. Lifestyle
    1. Your habits and a variety of lifestyle factors can contribute to tooth grinding, including excessive drinking, smoking, and chewing gum. Even caffeine from tea, coffee, soda, and chocolate can cause tensions that could ultimately lead you to grinding your teeth.
  3. Medications and Illnesses
    1. Some antidepressants and psychotropic medications can create conditions leading to bruxism because of their side affects.
    2. Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease are known to be associated with tooth grinding.
  1. Abnormal Bite
    1. Misaligned and/or missing teeth can greatly contribute to tooth grinding.

If you fall into one of these categories please speak to your dentist at Smith Dental Care to ask about purchasing a mouth guard. Wearing a mouth guard at night can provide relief if you find yourself grinding your teeth at night.

Are YOU grinding your teeth at night?

Headaches, physical discomfort of the jaw, or face muscle pain are a few common indicators of someone who grinds their teeth. Tooth grinders are three times more likely to experience headaches and stress is a common trigger that creates tension in the jaw.

Stop living in discomfort and call Smith Dental Care today!  


What is Sedation Dentistry?

Have you been suffering from some form of dental anxiety over the years and trying to put as much distance between you and the dental chair? Do you avoid talking to the dentist at community gatherings or at the local store? At Smith Dental, we are very aware that dental work can make even the strongest of people fearful and not willing to make an appointment; in fact, millions of Americans actually suffer from dental anxiety. So, you’re not alone. We are your Tyler dentist when it comes to sedation dentistry.

We make it our mission to have an environment where patients can feel relaxed, comfortable and taken care of. Through the wonders of sedation dentistry this can be achieved.  And, the best part, there are multiple ways to take advantage of Sedation Dentistry depending on a patient’s needs. You can literally have decades of dental work completed in as little as one session! At Smith Dental Care, we can help relieve the fears of dental anxiety.

4 things you can do to cope with dental anxiety:

  • If you are feeling anxious of going to the dentist, bring along a family member or friend you trust that can stay with you for the duration of your appointment with us.
  • Distract yourself with music or watching TV during your procedure to drown out the unfamiliar sounds of dental tools.
  • Preforming relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing before and during your appointment, can significantly reduce your anxiety.
  • Remind yourself that you are the one in control and have good communication with your Smith Dental dentists, informing them of any concerns you might have.

Sedation dentistry is both safe and effective, becoming the most common technique in the United States to help our patients overcome dental anxiety. No needles are involved in this technique, allowing the patient to sleep undisturbed through the dental procedure and waking up feeling relaxed, knowing the procedure is over.

Call Smith Dental today to schedule your next dental appointment with help from sedation dentistry!