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Healthy Gums = Happy Holiday Kisses in Chesapeake

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We don’t like to think we have bad breath at any time, but it’s especially important during the holidays when we’re greeting friends, family, and other loved ones with extra hugs and kisses.

When halitosis, or bad breath is more than a temporary occurrence, or if you’ve noticed that your gums bleed when you floss or brush, or they’re sore and inflamed, you may be experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, the result of bacterial plaque that’s accumulated on your teeth and below the gum line. Call us at our dental office in Chesapeake for any gum disease symptoms.

Gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums that, left untreated, can lead to periodontitis, where the inflammation affects the underlying tissues and bones that support your teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and can contribute to serious diseases such as diabetes. This link between gum disease and diabetes has been validated in a study of nearly 2 million dental patients. Bacterial plaque and inflammation contribute to high blood glucose levels, and makes it more difficult for diabetic patients to control their blood sugars. And the cause and effect of gum disease on diabetes goes both ways. Diabetic patients are more susceptible to infections in general, and those who don’t have their blood sugars under control are at particular risk for periodontal disease.

If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing, if they’re red or sore to the touch, don’t delay in having these symptoms checked out. Dr. Tanya Brown uses the latest technologies to diagnose and gently treat gum disease. Oral DNA Molecular testing and powerful topical antibiotics can aid in pinpointing the bacteria present and treating your gum disease so your teeth and gums remain healthy.

Please call us at the Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake, VA at 757.546.5262 if you have any signs or symptoms of gingivitis such as inflamed or bleeding gums or loose teeth. We’re here to help you achieve and maintain your optimal dental health and overall health and well-being.

Dr. Tanya Brown Wishes You and Yours a Beautiful Holiday and a Beautiful Smile!

Dentist in Chesapeake, VA

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year anywhere. But in Virginia, history and traditions blend into something very special. It’s a time to celebrate with friends, family, and loved ones. And of course, celebrations mean delicious foods of all flavors and colors. But some of our holiday favorites are more likely to stain your teeth. We’d like to keep some of our holiday spirit through the year, but not on our teeth!

Here are some of the top foods you might encounter at holiday time that can cause stains on your teeth:

  • Artificially colored gum and candy, nuts: There snacks and goodies are everywhere this time of year! Those extra nibbles of candy (including chocolate!) and nuts can leave food stains on your teeth.
  • Red wine: The darker the wine, the more it can stain your teeth. Keep a glass of water nearby, and periodically take a few sips.
  • Tomato sauce and ketchup, soy sauce and spices: The acidity, as well as the color in tomato sauce and ketchup can leave stains on your teeth. And dark liquids like soy sauce and some dressings can also contribute to a dingy smile.

You can help minimize tooth stains from holiday foods

  • Most parties and snack tables usually include foods that can help combat tooth staining. Crunchy foods like carrots, celery, and apples help cleanse your teeth naturally.
  • Don’t skimp on your dental care routines! Pay extra attention to flossing and brushing to remove food particles and stains.

Call us at the Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake at 757.546.5262 during or after the holidays for a regular checkup, or treat yourself to an in-office or at-home tooth whitening treatment. What a way to start a new year!