Popcorn—the perfect companion for cinemas or a simple movie viewing at home.
These puffy kernels are healthy snack options for those who crave guilt-free indulgences. A tub of popcorn contains unprocessed whole grains, which contain fibre and antioxidants. If you do not overload your popcorn with salt, oil or butter, it is low in calories, sodium and fat.
You might wonder: ‘What is not to like about popcorn, then?’ Ask your dental practice or periodontist and they will reply with two words: gum abscess.
What is Gum Abscess?
Abscess occurs when a pus formation affects your teeth or gums. The pus is a result of your body’s effort to fight the threat of bacteria from infecting your mouth. Your immune system sends white blood cells to the infected area to get rid of harmful germs.
An abscess forms when your body cannot drain the pus. It manifests due to tooth decay or cavity, deep pockets between the gums or trauma (food or debris embedded in the gum). In terms of trauma, dentists point to one foreign object that appears to be the leading culprit in most abscess cases: popcorn hulls.
Popcorn’s Role in Causing Inflammation
Ever wondered why kernels often lodge themselves between your gums? The kernels’ tough and rounded coatings often conform to the tooth crown’s round shape. It is easy for the hulls to slip between the tiny gaps of your teeth and gums (pockets). Once these kernels are stuck, it is difficult to remove them with a toothbrush, floss or even a toothpick.
The presence of foreign matter leads to abscess, which results in toothache or throbbing pain in the gums. Other symptoms include swelling and redness of the mouth and of your face. With severe cases, you might suffer from vomiting, nausea, chills, fever or diarrhoea.
Your Next Step
Seek a dentist’s help right away if you are suffering the symptoms. Dental practices often use x-rays and other dental instruments to remove the source of infection, as well as drain the fluid from the pus. It seems scary but abscess often responds immediately to the procedure. Your dentist might also prescribe medications to soothe the inflammation.
You can still enjoy popcorn—just be mindful of this issue and always mind your gums. Partner with Aesthetic Smiles for a healthier and abscess-free smile. Call us now for a free consultation.
People have been chewing gum for hundreds of years. Resin and latex from some trees are part of the natural progression of people’s desire for something to chew on. This little activity not only satisfies your sweet cravings; it also gives you something to do as you wait in line or walk down the street.
Gum-chewing: yea or nay to health?
Fortunately for gum lovers, dentists support the occasional gum. In fact, the British Dental Association recognises Wrigley’s Orbit as a promoter of oral health. When you chew gum, especially after meals, you generate enough saliva that washes the acids away. This helps prevent plaque development and cavities.
When it comes to chewing your favourite gum, the type you chew makes an entire difference. Gum containing sugar increases cavity development, which is why you should resort to sugar-free gums.
Sugar-free chewing gums for cleaner teeth
Chewing sugar-free gums after meals rinses off and neutralises acids, which are harmful to your teeth. The gum’s artificial sweeteners combined with the act of chewing encourage ten times the normal rate of saliva. The increased saliva flow washes off food particles and helps keep your teeth clean.
Sugar-free gum sweetened with Xylitol also inhibits the growth of oral bacteria that causes cavities. With xylitol, bacteria cannot affect your teeth. Xylitol use discourages the development of different bacteria types in the mouth.
When to chew or not to chew
While gum chewing offers numerous benefits to your oral health, there are some cases where dentists would recommend against it. If you are suffering from Temporomandibular disorder symptoms (TMJ/TMD) or any type of jaw pain, you should not chew gum. Your dentist will recommend other options to satiate your gum chewing needs.
Also, gum chewing should not serve as a replacement or substitute for brushing and flossing. Always brush your teeth twice a day and follow that with floss.
For most people, sugar-free gums are preventative measures that care for your oral health. Still, gum should never replace good oral practices.
Some people are unhappy with their smile, when all they see are gums instead of teeth. Indeed, the ‘gummy smile’ makes them conscious about their mouth, which is bad for their self-esteem.
What is it?
A gummy smile happens when people show excessive gum tissue that goes beyond the normal gum line. Doctors note that around 14% of women and 7% of men have excessive gingival exposure when smiling. Although it does not have detrimental effects in oral health, it may cause some people to lose confidence.
Why does it happen?
Abnormal teeth eruption may lead to a gummy smile. Some teeth do not grow in proportion with other teeth, making them look smaller than the gums.
Short teeth due to excessive tooth wear and tear are a culprit behind gummy smiles as well. Gum tissues may grow longer to make up for the lost tooth length and maintain a proper bite.
Deviations in upper jawbone development may be another contributing factor. An excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw may give the appearance of a gummy smile.
How do you solve it?
Doctors perform gum contouring to fix gummy smiles. They use lasers and other cutting tools to remove excess gum tissue and reshape it, allowing the teeth to show through when people open their mouth. In other cases, they may have to remove some bone along with the gum tissue.
Gum contouring is safe and painless as doctors apply anaesthesia and avoid touching the teeth’s roots during the procedure. Patients may experience only a little soreness after the procedure. It takes one day to complete the treatment and only a few days for the gums to fully heal.
Saying goodbye to a gummy smile
A gummy smile can be bad for self-esteem so this is not something people should be stuck with. With the right cosmetic dentist, people can smile with their pearly whites showing through—not their gums.
At Aesthetic Smiles, we can help you smile with your teeth, not your gums. We provide complete gum contouring services to help you feel happier and more confident about your smile.
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The appeal of smile both involves appearance and perception. When patients look for treatment to improve their smile, it is because they have a legitimate problem. Excessive gums seem harmless, but this feature may be a source of a person’s low self-esteem.
Generally, a smile is considered gummy if four millimetres of gums tissue appears when the smiles. The problem does not lie on the gums per se, but on the gum-to-teeth proportion. In addition, the position of the upper jaw and lips can contribute to the gummy appearance.
Fortunately, there are options to correct or alter this problem. If it begins to leave significant impacts on your comfort and willingness to smile, the most advisable measure is to seek treatment.
Transform your Smile with Gum Contouring
One of the most effective ways to correct a gummy smile is by gum contouring. While the procedure may sound frightening, it is quick, simple and painless. It works by reshaping and altering the gums.
Prior to the treatment, the gums will be numbed using a local anaesthetic. Our dentist will determine how much of the tissue needs to be removed.
The goal is to correct the tooth-to-gum proportion by trimming away the excess gum and allowing more of the tooth’s structure to be visible. This will make the teeth appear more elongated. The procedure will utilise an advanced form of laser treatment to reshape the gums.
Gummy smiles occur for different reasons and proper diagnosis is crucial. The gumminess effect can be a cause of more than just an aesthetic flaw, but a periodontal disease.
It is important to consult our specialist so they can assess your condition. You will work together on a strategy to create a beautiful, healthy-looking smile suited to your lifestyle.
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Most people have gingival recession or commonly known as receding gum. In fact, a study revealed that it occurs to more than 50% of all adults in the UK.
What it is
Gum recession is a condition where a portion of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth deteriorates and pulls back. Signs include exposed teeth’s roots, sensitive teeth and the appearance of longer teeth. Once gum tissue recedes, there is no way to grow it back naturally.
This condition may cause more oral problems. Pockets form between the teeth and gum line, which may trap food and disease-causing bacteria. These increase the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease, which will eventually lead to damage and tooth loss.
Why it happens
Gum recession can be a cause or effect of certain factors, such as heredity, chronic gum disease and malocclusion. The recurring infections prevent gum tissues to recover and return. In addition, a misaligned teeth and bite will place excessive force on gums and bone, causing them to recede.
Poor oral care is another factor. Overaggressive brushing and flossing causes the gums to pull away further from the gum line. In addition, lack of oral hygiene causes tartar build up and leads to gum-related diseases.
Certain oral habits may lead to gum recession as well. Bruxism or night-time teeth grinding may put a strain on the gums, causing them to pull back. Frequent tobacco users have sticky plaque in their teeth, which increases the risk of receding gums. Piercings in the lip or tongue may irritate the gums, causing infection and recession.
Prevention and Treatment
Oral health experts strongly recommend thorough brushing to prevent the gums’ wear and tear. As for treatment, some dentists perform gum contouring through laser technology. It is the process of levelling the gum line to protect the teeth’s roots from further damage.
Healthy gums for healthy teeth
Healthy gums go hand in hand with healthy teeth. Therefore, careful maintenance of gums is very important. Through proper oral care, people may avoid experiencing gum recession and its consequences.
A dentist’s intervention is necessary for those who already have gum problems, however. Aesthetic Smiles provides a range of dental procedures that will help improve the teeth and gums. Our treatments let people enjoy not only good oral health but confidence in having a better smile, as well.
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