Maximizing the Benefit of Your Dental Visit

Since it can be quite a chore to get into the dentist sometimes, it is important to make the most out of every visit.  Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit, so hopefully you do not need to schedule any unexpected visits in the future.

First, during your check up it is important that your dentist is aware of any abnormal symptoms that you are aware of.  Often times if a condition is very early in its progression it is hard for a dentist to diagnose a condition, without knowing what they are looking for.  So be sure to mention all symptoms you are experiencing from gum or tooth sensitivity to troubles chewing or swallowing; and do not hope for the dentist to stumble upon your condition without knowing about the symptoms.

Also, when  you are in for your check up make sure your dentist is aware of all your medical conditions, such as pregnancy, chemotherapy, medications you may be taking, etc.  If you have a lot of conditions, write it down and bring in a list.  This will help your dentist in prescribing you medication that will not have a adverse reaction to the medication you are already on.


What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the result of the inflammation of the gums.  It is also the initial stage of gum disease and disease and this can lead into more serious issues.  It is important that it does not go untreated because it can lead into a condition that is known as .

It is important to brush twice a day minimum and floss once, to help reduce the buildup of plaque.  Plaque produces toxic acids that irritate the gum tissue and cause gingivitis.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis?
Gingivitis can produce swollen and tender gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing.  Another symptom is if your gums appear to be receding and your teeth appear elongated in their appearance.

If left untreated the gum disease can create pockets that form between the teeth and gums.  These pockets become filled with old food particles and plaque, which results in recurring bad breath and a bad taste in their mouth.

What can I do to prevent gingivitis?
The best thing you can do to prevent gingivitis is to practice good dental hygiene.  This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and scheduling a professional cleaning twice a year.

Ways to help stop gingivitis before it develops:
The single biggest thing you can do is to keep your teeth clean.  Brush twice a day, floss daily, and get your teeth cleaned twice a year.  But beyond that you can also eating the right foods, avoid sticky and sugary foods.  Also smoking is a big no no.