Everything listed under: Gingivitis

  • Flossing: There is an app for that.

    You know that favorite question your dental hygienist asks when you get your cleaning in twice a year. It goes something like, “Are you flossing regularly?”

    After poking around your teeth and gums, your dentist and dental hygienist probably already know the answer. No matter what your response, the hygienist will tell you to floss daily. She will even demonstrate, yet again, how to do so properly. Still, such a simple technique is so hard for some people to keep up with.
    I recently came across an article written by an individual who proposed to make daily flossing a New Year’s resolution. In fact, it’s admirable that he went as far as to even hire a flossing coach. I never knew they existed! But, you could hire a coach for yourself as well, through an app called Coach.me. This app allows you to choose your own goals and then provides you with different types of coaching material, free or paid, in order to help you achieve them.

    You might believe brushing is enough. But, flossing will reach those spaces which brushing will not. And being aware that you must floss is also not enough. You have to actually do it, and this app is a great way to help you make flossing a daily habit. Maybe you’d want to track other goals. Use the app to help you become fit, stop smoking, brush before going to bed, learn a new skill, or journal more often. I guarantee you will find other users with similar goals. About 70,000 users alone have made flossing their goal. A community will cheer you on and hold you accountable. If that encouragement isn’t enough, the app is able to give you motivation and “props” as well.

    If there’s any habit worth starting and keeping, flossing should be among them. You might not need to hire a flossing coach. Maybe you might need to start off with flossing just one tooth. No shame. Remember, you don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep! FYI Bleeding gums is a warning sign. Gingivitis over time will advance to periodontal disease and tooth loss. For a free consultation without obligation feel free to call our Levittown Office.

    Dental Assistant Levittown office
    Written by Katherine Ynsinare 
    Dental Assistant Levittown, NY 11756

  • Your bleeding gums are a problem.

    Contrary to what you may have been told bleeding gums is not normal. You wouldn’t ignore blood in your urine or blood leaking out of any other body part so why do many patients ignore their bleeding gums.

    Bleeding gums is usually caused by a bacterial infection and could be the first sign you have early gum disease or a more advanced case. Smoking reduces the amount of bleeding but doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem. If you wake up in the morning with blood on you pillow you should be examined to determine the cause. If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing you should also come in for a check up.

    Don’t wait until it hurts. Most problems can be easily treated and stabilized before it becomes a major issue. Call the Levittown office at (516) 796-6600 to set up an appointment for a regular cleaning and exam.

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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at marc@anxietyfreedental.com