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Frequently Asked Questions - Gum problems

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01. Does cleaning of teeth make them loose?

Teeth will not become loose because of the cleaning procedure. The teeth are held firmly in place due to the gums and the bone around them. The tartar gathered around the teeth causes infection of the gums and bone. This infection leads to receding of bone and gum levels and thus creates gaps between teeth. This tartar if not removed periodically (once in every 6 months) can cause loosening of teeth. The cleaning procedure will help remove tartar and stop the gum and bone from receding.

02. Does cleaning of teeth weaken my teeth?

No, the cleaning of teeth is generally done by dentist with ultrasonic machine. It removes the surface deposits and stains. It doesn’t damage the teeth.

03. Will cleaning create spaces between my teeth?

No, this is a misconception. The cleaning procedure removes plaque and tartar deposits. If the oral hygiene is neglected for a long time, and there are existing spaces covered with tartar, then those spaces will be seen after cleaning procedure. Cleaning procedure doesn’t create spaces.

04. Why do my gums bleed?

There could be various reasons why one would face a problem of bleeding gums like accumulation of tartar around the necks of teeth, using a hard bristle tooth brush, intake of certain medications like anti-epileptic drugs. It calls for immediate attention by a dental professional to detect the cause and suggest suitable treatment options.

05. How often should I visit a dentist?

One should visit the dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups. However, if there is toothache, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth or any dental problem, one is advised to visit the dentist immediately.

06. What do I do to get rid of bad breath?

Bad breath or halitosis is a common problem which could be prevalent not only due to dental problems but also some systemic diseases like diabetes, stomach upsets etc. Bad breath can arise due to negligence of oral hygiene, pyorrhea in gums, food lodgment in decayed teeth, unclean tongue and some infection in nose and upper respiratory tract infection. Getting it checked by dentist is the best thing to do. You could be either treated for dental decay or gum problems and/or, taught proper brushing/flossing techniques and suggested the use of a mouthwash.

07. Is a mouthwash necessary to be used everyday?

There are many mouthwashes available in the market, which are nothing but mild antiseptics that refresh the mouth. These can be used as temporary solutions to combat bad breath. Some mouthwash applies ical fluoride to prevent cavities and white patches on teeth. Use the mouthwash under the guidance of the doctor.

08. Which toothpaste is ideal for use?

All toothpastes work as foaming agents that help to clean your teeth of plaque and food remnants. The choice of most toothpaste is governed by their medicinal content and flavour. Any fluoridated toothpaste is good as general toothpaste for the family. Medicated toothpastes are available for specific purposes and should be used under the advice of your dentist only.

09. How is smoking bad for teeth and gums?

One of the most devastating effects of tobacco is the development of oral cancer. The risk of oral cancer increases with the number of cigarettes smoked each day and the number of years that the person has been smoking. Some of the other oral side effects of tobacco are tooth stains, delayed healing of oral wounds, and increased severity of gum disease and bad breath.

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