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3 Steps You Can Take to Help Maintain Healthy Gums

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Focusing on your teeth when cleaning your mouth every day is good, but giving just as much attention to your gums is better! This doesn’t mean aggressively brushing your gums, but you should clean your gums to help maintain healthy gum tissue.

Gums are an integral part of our mouths, helping to support the teeth, protect the tooth roots, and nurture our smiles. How can you maintain healthy gum tissue?

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Am I Brushing My Teeth Too Hard? What Are the Signs?

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Brushing your teeth is so important to your oral health, but like most things, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it. Brushing your teeth too hard can hurt your teeth in more ways than you think. How can you know if you’re being too hard on your teeth when brushing?

The following are some signs that you might be harming your smile by brushing a little too aggressively. Don’t ignore them!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Top Oral Care Tips for Seniors

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As we age, our bodies require more care to maintain than they did when we were younger. The same is also true for our oral cavity—this is because our risk for oral cancers and gum disease increases as we age.

Fortunately, taking care of our smiles as we go through life and enter our golden years isn’t all that different from our regular oral care routine, with a few exceptions. Here are our top oral care tips for seniors!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Are You Missing These Important Places When You Brush?

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Brushing your teeth is an important event that should ideally happen two times every day. Although many people are consistent about brushing their teeth, few people brush everywhere they need to in their mouths.

Due to the grooves of teeth and hard-to- reach back teeth, spots get missed and plaque can build up. When plaque isn’t consistently removed, it can turn into tartar, where it will need to be removed by a dentist.

The following are important places you should brush in your mouth that many people miss. Are you missing these places? Read on to find out more!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Can I Get Cavities Under a Filling?

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A filling is supposed to fill in your cavity and protect your tooth from further decay. In larger cavities, fillings can help reinforce the tooth structure and circumvent the need for a root canal. Most of us know that fillings need to be replaced at some point in time—but did you know that cavities can actually happen underneath fillings? Here’s how cavities under fillings can happen,
including what you can do to prevent them!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Dental Specialist Spotlight: What Is a Periodontist?

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A periodontist is still a dentist, but these professionals have an additional three years of training to become specialists in all things related to your gums. This includes the prevention of gum disease, diagnosis of gum disease, and the treatment of gum disease. Sometimes, periodontists will even help patients with the placement of dental implants to ensure the best fit. What else do periodontists do?

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Why Is Gum Disease Dangerous to Your Health?

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It’s estimated that over 64 million Americans have some form of gum disease. Ranging from mild to severe, this is one health problem you shouldn’t ignore. If you have any of the signs of gum disease—from bleeding while brushing to chronic bad breath—it’s imperative that you get
a dental checkup as soon as possible.

But why? Gum disease is more than just an inconvenience. It has the potential to be dangerous to your entire body, not just your mouth. Here’s how having any form of gum disease can impact your health!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Can Mouth Breathing Negatively Impact Your Dental Health?

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Breathing through your mouth usually only happens at certain times: when you have a cold and can’t breathe through your nose, possibly during intensive exercise, and if you have a medical condition such as asthma.

However, mouth breathing isn’t considered normal and it can even be harmful to your oral health. If you breathe through your mouth regularly, you should be aware of how it might impact your smile. Here’s how mouth breathing could negatively impact dental health!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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Which Beverages Erode Tooth Enamel?

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Tooth enamel is the substance that protects the softer tissues of our teeth from decay, infection, staining, and more. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be damaged.

In fact, tooth enamel is porous, which means it can be affected by the things that we eat or drink. It’s especially susceptible to damage when proper oral hygiene isn’t being practiced, which can lead to erosion of the tooth enamel.

Which beverages can erode enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity and decay?

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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What Do I Look for When Choosing Toothpaste?

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Years ago, there weren’t many options for toothpaste at the store. These days, it seems like there are too many options! From whitening toothpastes to formulas for sensitive teeth, it’s not always easy to know which ones are actually beneficial for your teeth.

The good news is that as long as you’re brushing your teeth regularly, the type of toothpaste you use won’t matter as much. Here are a few things you can look for when choosing toothpaste at the store to help you make the best pick!

An article by Dr. Sowmya Kanumilli. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

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