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What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is the result of the inflammation of the gums. It is also the initial stage of gum disease and disease and this can lead into more serious issues. It is important that it does not go untreated because it can lead into a condition that is known as .

It is important to brush twice a day minimum and floss once, to help reduce the buildup of plaque. Plaque produces toxic acids that irritate the gum tissue and cause gingivitis.

How can I tell if I have gingivitis?
Gingivitis can produce swollen and tender gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing. Another symptom is if your gums appear to be receding and your teeth appear elongated in their appearance.
If left untreated the gum disease can create pockets that form between the teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with old food particles and plaque, which results in recurring bad breath and a bad taste in their mouth.

What can I do to prevent gingivitis?
The best thing you can do to prevent gingivitis is to practice good dental hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and scheduling a professional cleaning twice a year.

Ways to help stop gingivitis before it develops:
The single biggest thing you can do is to keep your teeth clean. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and get your teeth cleaned twice a year. But beyond that you can also eating the right foods, avoid sticky and sugary foods. Also smoking is a big no no.

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A Few of the Top Root Canal Myths

People have the tendency to cringe when they hear the word root canal.  Root Canals have gotten a bad rap, but the truth is there have been many major dental advancements over the years that change the way dental practices perform their procedures.  So I want to set the record straight, so the next time you hear you need a root canal you do not need to suffer for unnecessary anxiety.

  • Root Canals Are Painful
    The ADA of Endodontists say that the root canals have the greatest perception of being painful.  This was true decades ago, however these procedures are performed much differently now.  Today we have much better anesthetics, which make the root canal no more painful than a filling.
  • Root Canals Make You Sick
    Although this is a common belief there is no evidence to support the theory.  Actually research has shown just the opposite, there is evidence to support that there is no correlation between root canals and illness.
  • Crowns Cause Teeth to Need Root Canals
    Crowns do not cause people get root canals.  If this does happen it would most likely be a result of  an abscessed tooth or decay that has gotten underneath the crown.
  • Root Canals Remove the Roots from the Teeth
    This is not correct, when a root canal is performed the pulp is removed from inside the tooth.  The roots of the teeth remain intact.
  • You Cannot Have a Root Canal if Your Pregnant
    Although this may be a common belief the truth is pregnant women can and do have root canals performed on a regular basis.  A small x-ray does need to be taken, however it is localized to the mouth and a lead apron is placed over the abdomen so no radiation reaches the fetus.
  • Root Canals Can Not Be Performed in One Visit
    This may have been true in the past, but with the recent developments in dental technology a root canal is done all at once.
  • Even With A Root Canal, The Tooth Will Eventually Fall Out
    The fact is that if you take care of your teeth, there is a good likelihood that the natural tooth will last the rest of your life.
  • After Having a Root Canal, Your Tooth is Completely Fixed
    After you have a root canal  procedure performed it is important to make a follow up appointment with your dentist.  Once the pulp is removed from the tooth, it can become brittle.  You will need to have it permanently restored to help protect it from future fractures.
  • If  You Need a Root Canal, You Will be in a Lot of Pain
    If your tooth is throbbing you will definitely want to have it checked out.  However, there are plenty of situations where a root canal is needed where there are no painful symptoms.