This is an essential question occasionally asked by patients at Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly – not leave them alone. It is impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental […]
If you are a worried Alexandria resident experiencing inflamed gums or an aching tooth, you’re are not alone. About one third of U.S. adults are affected by tooth decay, according to the CDC, and gum disease plagues one in seven people age 35 to 40.1 Don’t ignore these symptoms, call Mt. Vernon Center For Dentistry […]
Here is some vital news for Mt. Vernon residents: periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a major cause of tooth loss among adults. Fortunately, this problem is easy to treat if it is caught in the early stages. So, what warning signs should people be looking for? 1. Gums that bleed very easily 2. Gums […]
Hello Alexandria dental blog visitors, welcome to the Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry blog. I am Dr. James D. Geren. I came across an interesting dental article on the Web MD Health News site the other day. The article is entitled ‘Fatty Fish, Nuts May Prevent Gum Disease.’ Author Jennifer Warner explains that a recent […]
Every Alexandria dentistry patient’s mouth provides a cozy home for over 600 types of bacteria. If you are diligent about oral hygiene and have healthy gums, these microbes usually don’t affect your health. However, if you have gum disease, bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your gums and cause problems. Gingivitis is the term for […]
Run your tongue along the gumline behind your lower front teeth. Do you feel a ridge? This is probably tartar or dental calculus. Even if you brush and floss regularly, plaque and tartar can gradually accumulate. If not removed, these bacteria-breeding substances cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Eventually, the gums become detached […]
Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you felt a sudden jolt of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel is eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!
Tooth sensitivity can be a signal that something is wrong. It may be caused by gum disease or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.