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HELP! MY GUMS ARE BLEEDING!

Bleeding Gums

Like many people, you begin your morning routine with brushing and hopefully flossing your teeth. Halfway through your routine, you notice something is a little different. There is a very small amount of blood in the sink. You rinse and go about your day. However, the next time you brush, you notice your gums are irritated and bleeding. What is causing your gums to bleed?

There are several different reasons for your gums to become irritated and begin bleeding. Here are a few of the top reasons why your gums are bleeding and what you can do about it.

GINGIVITIS: THE FIRST STAGE OF GUM DISEASE

When plaque builds up near the gum line and is not removed when brushing and flossing, gums can become inflamed and irritated. Because of this, you may notice blood in the sink after brushing or flossing. Although gingivitis is painless, not doing something about it can lead to periodontal disease which may affect other parts of the body and overall health.

SMOKING
You may have the best oral hygiene of anyone you know, but if you smoke, there are other factors that play a role in causing your gums to bleed. Tobacco has additional toxins that when inhaled via smoke can be difficult to remove. When these toxins build up near the gum line, they can cause inflammation and bleeding gums. Calling it quits on your tobacco use can work wonders on your oral health.

POOR ORAL HYGIENE
Unless you have been properly taught about oral hygiene, there is a chance that your choice of oral hygiene methods are causing your gums to bleed. Are you brushing too hard? Are you brushing enough? Are you flossing? Is your oral hygiene routine consistent? Brushing too hard can cause trauma to your gums and cause them to bleed. Also, if you are not consistent with brushing and flossing, you may notice bleeding gums when you push yourself to be better with taking care of your teeth and gums.

OTHER REASONS
As stated earlier, there are several reasons that can cause your gums to bleed. Some of the other culprits behind bleeding gums are medications, fluctuations in hormones, stress, poor diet, genetics, and an unbalanced bite.

HOW TO “FIX” BLEEDING GUMS
First and foremost, commit to a consistent oral hygiene schedule of brushing and flossing your teeth. You can invest in tools such as an electric toothbrush or a water pick for flossing. However, the very best thing you can do about your bleeding gums is to visit your dentist every six months or as suggested by Dr. Reese. Routine visits to get your teeth cleaned and examined will help you know what is going on inside of your mouth and how you can fix any issues that arise. 

You wouldn’t just ignore your head bleeding after brushing your hair, so don’t ignore your bleeding gums. You can request an appointment online by clicking here or by giving us a call at (870) 424-5900 to schedule your appointment to see Dr. Reese. 




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Gum Reshaping: What is it and how can it affect your smile?

Have you ever been told that you have a “gummy” smile, or perhaps you have experienced pain from receding gum tissue? If you find yourself relating to this statement, call Dr. Paul Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas today to schedule a consultation to learn how you can have a perfect smile with the help of a gum reshaping treatment plan. 

 
Gum shaping or gum contouring involves the removal of excess gum tissue, either manually or more commonly with a laser to improve the appearance of the gum line. Ideally, the gum line should appear even and smooth, acting as a frame to compliment a person’s smile. Receding gum lines due to aging, natural wear of the gum tissue, or periodontal disease can also be repaired with gum surgery through the process of a gum graft. To better prepare you for your consultation, we have prepared a simple breakdown of what you may expect from either gum contouring or gum grafting.


Gum Contouring

Gone are the days of painful gum reconstruction through the use of a scalpel, and in are the days of laser technology. Most gum reshaping procedures require only one office visit and require very minimal and painless down time. 

  • Local anesthetic is applied to alleviate discomfort.
  • A diode laser is then used to gently remove excess gum tissue, re-contour the gum line, and seal the remaining tissue.
  • This can all be done with very little pain and no bleeding or stitches.
  • Light swelling may last for up to a week, but should not interfere with your daily activities. Image title






Gum Tissue Grafting

Maybe having excess gum tissue is not your chief complaint, but rather you have the opposite. Gum tissue grafting may be necessary if you are experiencing hypersensitivity due to an exposed root surface or if your gum tissue has begun to recede due to root decay. During gum grafting surgery, your doctor will most likely take connective tissue from the roof of your mouth and suture it to the gum line, allowing for more tissue to grow and closing the exposed root surface.

  • Anesthesia will be used; your insurance may determine if you are awake but numb, if you are given an oral medication, or if you will qualify for an IV drip. 
  • Depending on your specific needs, one of two types of grafts may be conducted; connective tissue graft of the free gingival graft.
  • Connective tissue grafts are the most commonly performed. The doctor will make an incision onto the roof of your mouth, removing the tissue that is just under the surface to repair the receding gum line. 
  • Free gingival grafts are very similar to the connective tissue graft, but use the tissue directly from the roof of your mouth. This option is used to help thicken the gum line.
  • Recovery from gum grafting surgery is a lot like recovering from getting your wisdom teeth removed; strict diet, cool foods, and minimal physical activity. Plan for a 6-8 week recovery.
  • The amount of pain you experience will be determined by the type of procedure performed. 

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Do not suffer any longer with a “gummy” or receding smile that leaves you self-conscious or in pain. Call Dr. Reese in Mountain Home today at (870) 424-5900 or visit www.reesedenistry.com to schedule your consultation to determine the best treatment plan for you.  



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All you ever need to know about Dental Bonding!

Dental Bonding: How can this simple and inexpensive procedure improve your smile?

Have you ever known someone that had cracked a tooth, but almost magically it had repaired itself? You thought for sure there would be no coming back from the chip or crack, but there in front of you was a happy smiling face. Would you like to know how this was possible, or do you yourself suffer from a chipped tooth or perhaps a small gap that you thought could not be repaired? Call Dr. Paul Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas today for a consultation at (870) 424-5900 to see how dental bonding may be the right option for you.


Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. It is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Dental bonding is ideal for small cosmetic dentistry work, such as:


  • To repair a chipped or cracked tooth
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To fill small cavities
  • To make teeth appear longer
  • To improve the appearance of discolored teeth  


Process:
Your dentist will begin by using a shade guide to match the composite resin color to your existing teeth. Once the correct shade has been chosen, he will decide if a local anesthesia is necessary; this is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. The surface of the tooth will then be roughened which will allow the resin to adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the shine of the rest of the tooth surface.


Pros:
Cost- Dental bonding is considered to be one of least expensive cosmetic dental procedures and many dental insurance plans cover the cost.
Time- Most dental bonding procedures can occur during your lunch break and typically take only 30-60 minutes.
Ease- Without needing anesthesia, this procedure is virtually pain free with little to no damage done to the existing teeth.


Cons:
Durability- Dental bonding is not as strong and long lasting as porcelain veneers and crowns. If not properly cared for, the bond may crack or chip.
Discoloration- Due to the bonding material being porous, it is susceptible to discoloration with coffee, cigarette smoke, tea, and red wine. 


Do not suffer any longer with a smile that you are not proud of, as dental bonding can be a cost effective and painless procedure to give you that smile you have always wanted. To achieve the optimal cosmetic results of dental bonding, call Dr. Reese in Mountain Home today at (870) 424-5900 or visit www.reesedenistry.com to schedule your consultation with a true cosmetic professional. 



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Tooth Loss - Dental Implants vs. Dentures (full and partial)

Many of us can remember the thrill and the excitement we felt as a kid when we lost a tooth. Losing your teeth was a rite of passage, a sign you were growing older and wiser. Fast forward to the present and losing a tooth or multiple teeth has now lost its glorification.

There is a lot to think about when you lose a tooth and how it should be replaced; having a consultation with Dr. Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas can help you to decide the best method of treatment. To help answer any questions you may have before your consultation with Dr.Reese, we have compared two options: dental implants and complete or partial dentures (bridges).

1. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth with the help of artificial roots, typically made of titanium secured directly into the jawbone. Once the post has been surgically secured, your bone and gums will grow around the implant to hold it into place. After the post has been secured, a single false tooth, called a crown, can be screwed onto a single implant.

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Advantages

  • Long Lasting- Although there has been some debate on the longevity of dental implants, it is believed that they will last on average,15 years, while some can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

  • Natural Function- Dental implants are the best option for having a natural appearance. Dental implants also function as well as your natural teeth, not prohibiting what you eat and how you brush or floss.

  • Adhesive Free- Dental implants do not require daily adhesive and soaking in a cleanser. With the implant being secured directly into the jaw bone, you will not face the situation of your tooth suddenly falling out or slipping.

Disadvantages

  • Requires Surgery- Dental implants will require surgery to secure the titanium posts into your jawbone. This surgery is necessary to create a natural look without the potential of further gum and jawbone deterioration.

  • Costly- Due 

  • to the intensive process and surgical procedures, you will see a higher cost with dental implants.

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2. Dentures are a removable option for tooth loss. A full set of dentures can be used to replace missing teeth either on the upper or lower jaw, or both. If a full set is not needed, partial dentures may be used to fill in the gaps. The denture is comprised of materials recreated to appearas natural teeth supported by an acrylic base made to look like gums. Dentures can be held into place by dental implants or adhesives.

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Advantages

  • No Surgery Required- The word surgery can be rather intimidating for some or simply not an option due to further health risks. Dentures can be placed without any type of surgical procedure.

  • Affordable- When a solution is needed without the fear of going into major financial debt, dentures can be a more cost effective method in tooth replacement.

  • Adjustable- Whether you have a full or partial set of dentures, they can be removed or adjusted easily to fit your mouth over time.

Disadvantages

  • Extensive Maintenance- Dentures must be cleaned properly and regularly to prevent any further gum damage. With a bridge, or partial denture, if not cleaned, plaque can build up creating a higher risk for periodontal disease or additional tooth loss.

  • Loss of Natural Function- With dentures, certain foods will be prohibited as the dentures may crack or become loose. As denture adhesive loosens, you will become more vulnerable to impaired speech, clicking noises, and tooth slippage.

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Whether you are in need of having a single tooth or multiple teeth replaced, now is the time to make your smile great again with the help of Dr.Paul Reese in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Call (870) 424-5900 to schedule your consultation today and see for yourself why Dr. Reese has been voted Best of Twin Lakes for five years in row! Dr. Reese will put you at ease while he personalizes the best plan of care to meet your needs.



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