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Dentist Dallas TX | Dentist in Dallas TX, Dr. Robert Mitchell Shares Facts About Bleeding Gums

July 19, 2017

Dentist in Dallas TX, Dr. Robert Mitchell Talks About Bleeding Gums

 

Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth?  Or worse…do they bleed when you eat certain foods? While bleeding gums or gum sensitivity is not uncommon, the condition, known as gingivitis is typically a sign of more serious underlying oral health issues.  Left untreated, the bleeding gums, or gingivitis can even progress to more complex conditions like periodontal disease that could lead to the loss of teeth. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease has also been associated with other illnesses like heart attacks, stroke, low birth weight babies, and Alzheimer’s Disease, just to name a few.   It can even complicate existing conditions like Diabetes.  Your oral health is directly connected to your overall health, that’s why it’s such a priority to us.

 

Treatment for bleeding gums centers on effective oral hygiene practices paired with comprehensive, routine dental care.

 

What Is the Condition Known As “Bleeding Gums”or Gingivitis?

 

If you have ever been brushing your teeth and seen a bit of pink when you rinsed out your mouth, this appearance of blood is not normal.  Healthy tissue does not bleed.   When your gums are consistently inflamed, bleeding, or are sensitive and swollen, you could be at risk for gum disease or other health issues.

 

When you have gingivitis, you may also notice other symptoms, such as bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, redness or tenderness in your gums, and even receding gums.

 

What Causes Gum Sensitivity?

 

One of the primary causes of bleeding gums or gum sensitivity is the incomplete removal of plaque from the base of the teeth or gum line. Not eliminating this plaque allows bacteria to grow in your mouth, and at the gum line.  It even begins to migrate under the gums if it is not professionally removed.

 

If the plaque is still not removed, it can harden and form what is called tartar, which eventually causes a more progressive condition known as gum disease or periodontitis. This disease causes increased gum bleeding, foul breath, bone loss, shifting of your teeth, and eventually toothloss.

 

While plaque buildup is the most common cause of bleeding gums, there are other causes as well. Excessive bleeding in your gums may indicate a bleeding disorder, leukemia, scurvy, vitamin K deficiency, or other systemic conditions.

 

Additionally, brushing too hard, ill-fitting dental restorations, and improper flossing can also cause your gums to bleed.  Any bleeding should be checked by a dental professional and not left to chance!

 

 

What Are Some Ways to Treat Bleeding Gums?

 

Appropriate oral hygiene practices are the best way to prevent and treat bleeding gums or gingivitis. To maintain good oral health,you should brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush after each meal.Flossing daily or even twice a day is also a recommended practice.  Using an antibacterial mouthwash also helps.

 

In addition to great home care, you should also visit the dentist at least once every 6 months to have the plaque removed from your teeth and to get a comprehensive checkup.  It you have ANY signs of gum disease it is really important to see a dentist for a professional teeth cleaning every 3 months. Statistically it has been shown that it takes about 3 months for the bacteria that cause gum disease and bone loss to repopulate the mouth to a destructive level after a professional dental hygiene visit.  By having a professional dental hygiene visit every 3 months you have the best chance of staying healthy and keeping the bacteria under control.

 

If you’ve experienced any bleeding or sensitivity in your gums, or if it’s been longer than 3 months since your last dental hygiene visit, give us a call today.  We will find an appointment that works with your schedule.  Don’t leave your oral or overall health to chance.

 

(972) 233-1311

 

www.RobertMitchellDDS.com

Dental Care & Services in Dallas, TX

March 22, 2017

Quality Dental Care for Beautiful, Healthy Smiles 

Dr. Mitchell provides quality dental care in a comfortable, soothing environment. He invests in state-of-the-art technology and continuing education to bring you the best of modern dentistry. Our entire team is dedicated to optimizing your oral health through patient-focused care, meaning you’ll receive the specialized attention you deserve.

Voted a “Top Dallas Dentist,” Dr. Mitchell offers a variety of general dentistry, preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and tooth replacement procedures for extraordinary smiles. Our patients rely on his talent and experience to perform their dental work with precision and care. Dr. Mitchell will always treat you with respect, explaining your treatment options and answering your questions. During your exam, he’ll take pictures of your teeth and gums with an intraoral camera and display them on a chairside monitor. These images, along with short videos from our CAESY Patient Education System, can help you make wise decisions about the dental therapies that are right for you. If you suffer from dental anxiety, Dr. Mitchell can use oral conscious sedation to alleviate your fears and promote a comfortable, positive experience. We are certified in Invisalign, Velscope, and Zoom! Whitening.

General, Preventive, Restorative, & Cosmetic Dentistry 

Review our list of services, and then call our North Dallas dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mitchell. We serve patients from Highland Park, Plano, Richardson, and surrounding areas.

Cosmetic Dentistry
Porcelain Veneers
Professional Teeth Whitening
Invisalign
Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring
Smiles Makeovers
General and Preventive Dentistry
Checkups
Breath Treatment
TMJ Therapy
Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Therapy
Athletic Mouthguards
Gum Disease Therapy
Extractions
Rotadent Toothbrushes
Restorative Dentistry and Replacement Teeth
Tooth-Colored Fillings
Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays
Crown and Bridgework
Dentures and Partials
Dental Implants
Root Canals
Full-Mouth Reconstruction
Sedation Dentistry
Technology and Patient Comforts

 

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General Dentistry in Dallas, TX

March 17, 2016

Skilled Dallas Dentist Helping Patients Maintain Healthy Smiles

A strong, healthy smile is something to be treasured. Proper preventive care can keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling great for years to come. As an experienced general dentist, Dr. Mitchell offers a variety of therapies to maximize oral wellness.

For optimal dental wellbeing, Dr. Mitchell recommends regular, six-month checkups. He may suggest products and techniques to optimize your oral homecare routine. He’ll use state-of-the-art tools (such as Velscope) to identify problems like tooth decay and oral cancer. Early diagnosis means timely intervention and treatment, which results in improved oral health. He’ll check your gum tissue for signs of periodontal disease and assess your bite alignment. If you’re an athlete or the parent of one, Dr. Mitchell might suggest a custom mouthguard to prevent sports-related oral injury.

General & Preventive Dentistry Services

Whatever your needs are, you can rely on Dr. Mitchell’s extensive training in the field of general and cosmetic dentistry to give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Call today to schedule a Complimentary Consult to discuss your General or Cosmetic Dental Needs. 972-233-1311.

Dallas Dentist shares important information about Gum Disease Awareness Month

February 16, 2016

In November 2012, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn declared February as Gum Disease Awareness Month. Gum disease is a silent killer in our society, affecting more adults than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. With 74% of the population affected, only half are even aware of it.

While gum disease has long been associated with heart disease, strokes, and preterm births/low birth weights, in the last 12 months a significant number of systemic connections have been made between periodontal health and overall wellness. This focus on overall wellness has resulted in exploring periodontal links to obesity, erectile dysfunction, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, dementia, and rheumatoid arthritis. (Dental Economics)

Dentist Dallas TX | Dentist in Dallas TX, Dr. Robert Mitchell Shares Facts About Bleeding Gums

Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth? Or worse…do they bleed when you eat certain foods? While bleeding gums or gum sensitivity is not uncommon, the condition, known as gingivitis is typically a sign of more serious underlying oral health issues. Left untreated, the bleeding gums, or gingivitis can even progress to more complex conditions like periodontal disease that could lead to the loss of teeth. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease has also been associated with other illnesses like heart attacks, stroke, low birth weight babies, and Alzheimer’s Disease, just to name a few. It can even complicate existing conditions like Diabetes. Your oral health is directly connected to your overall health, that’s why it’s such a priority to us.

Treatment for bleeding gums centers on effective oral hygiene practices paired with comprehensive, routine dental care.

What Is the Condition Known As “Bleeding Gums”or Gingivitis?10689781_722610197792565_2714084470672372811_n

If you have ever been brushing your teeth and seen a bit of pink when you rinsed out your mouth, this appearance of blood is not normal. Healthy tissue does not bleed. When your gums are consistently inflamed, bleeding, or are sensitive and swollen, you could be at risk for gum disease or other health issues.

When you have gingivitis, you may also notice other symptoms, such as bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, redness or tenderness in your gums, and even receding gums.

What Causes Gum Sensitivity?

One of the primary causes of bleeding gums or gum sensitivity is the incomplete removal of plaque from the base of the teeth or gum line. Not eliminating this plaque allows bacteria to grow in your mouth, and at the gum line. It even begins to migrate under the gums if it is not professionally removed.

If the plaque is still not removed, it can harden and form what is called tartar, which eventually causes a more progressive condition known as gum disease or periodontitis. This disease causes increased gum bleeding, foul breath, bone loss, shifting of your teeth, and eventually toothloss.

While plaque buildup is the most common cause of bleeding gums, there are other causes as well. Excessive bleeding in your gums may indicate a bleeding disorder, leukemia, scurvy, vitamin K deficiency, or other systemic conditions.

Additionally, brushing too hard, ill-fitting dental restorations, and improper flossing can also cause your gums to bleed. Any bleeding should be checked by a dental professional and not left to chance!

What Are Some Ways to Treat Bleeding Gums?

Appropriate oral hygiene practices are the best way to prevent and treat bleeding gums or gingivitis. To maintain good oral health,you should brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush after each meal.Flossing daily or even twice a day is also a recommended practice. Using an antibacterial mouthwash also helps.

In addition to great home care, you should also visit the dentist at least once every 6 months to have the plaque removed from your teeth and to get a comprehensive checkup. It you have ANY signs of gum disease it is really important to see a dentist for a professional teeth cleaning every 3 months. Statistically it has been shown that it takes about 3 months for the bacteria that cause gum disease and bone loss to repopulate the mouth to a destructive level after a professional dental hygiene visit. By having a professional dental hygiene visit every 3 months you have the best chance of staying healthy and keeping the bacteria under control.

If you’ve experienced any bleeding or sensitivity in your gums, or if it’s been longer than 3 months since your last dental hygiene visit, give us a call today. We will find an appointment that works with your schedule. Don’t leave your oral or overall health to chance.

(972) 233-1311

www.RobertMitchellDDS.com

 

❤️FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH ❤️

February 1, 2016

February 2016–American Heart Month
Sponsor: The American Heart Association (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/)
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.

The heart and mouth connection: How heart disease and oral health link

Did you know that heart disease and oral health are linked? There are two different connections between heart disease and your oral health:

  1. Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
  2. Oral health holds clues to overall health. Studies have shown that oral health can provide warning signs for other diseases or conditions, including heart disease.

Are you at risk?

Many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes. Overall, people who have chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Gum disease (called gingivitis in its early stages and periodontal disease in the late stages) is caused by plaque buildup along and below the gum line. Some researchers have suggested that gum disease may contribute to heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation. It has also been suggested that inflammation caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack.

Research shows that many systemic diseases – including heart disease – have oral symptoms. Dentists can help patients who have a history of heart disease by examining them for any signs of oral pain, infection or inflammation. According to the AGD, proper diagnosis and treatment of tooth and gum infections in some of these patients have led to a decrease in blood pressure medications and improved overall health. If you currently have heart disease, make sure to tell your dentist about your condition as well as any medications you are currently taking. Remember to carefully follow your physician’s and dentist’s instructions about health care, and use any prescription medications, such as antibiotics, as directed.

Warning signs

Gum disease affects 80% of American adults and often the condition goes undiagnosed. Warning signs that you may have gum disease include:

Proactive prevention

While regular dental exams and cleanings are necessary to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar and detect early signs of gum disease, you can play a major role in preventing gum disease every day. The best way to be proactive in maintaining your oral and overall health is scheduling regular dental checkups, getting professional cleanings and regular brushing and flossing. Taking steps to stop gum disease at the source is the best way to keep your smile beautiful at any age.

Information courtesy of the Academy of General Dentistry.

When was your last check up with your doctor??? When was your last check up with your dentist. Please do not put these appointments off.

National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 5, 2016

Here is Dr. Robert Mitchell Supporting #GoRedForWomen last year. (2015)

Here is Dr. Robert Mitchell Supporting #GoRedForWomen last year. (2015)

1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Celebrate National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women!!! #GoRedForWomen

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