Posts for: November, 2017

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
November 27, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Gum recession is when the tissue that surrounds a tooth begins to wear away, leaving the tooth and its roots exposed. You may notice sensitivity, teeth appearing longer or notches above the tooth. If recession goes left untreated, pockets may develop in the gums allowing food and bacteria to build up. This can lead to advanced gum disease and may end with having the tooth removed.

What are some of the things that cause gums to recede? 

1. The main cause of gum recession is periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease damages the bone and gum tissue that keep your teeth in place.

2. Genetics is also a factor in gum disease and recession.

3. Inadequate dental hygiene, like brushing aggressively, can wear away at the gum tissue. Tartar build-up due to a lack of brushing and flossing can also cause gums to become damaged. 

4. Teeth grinding or clenching can be another cause of recession. If done with enough force, gums can actually begin to recede. 

5. Lip or tongue piercings can rub the gums and irritate them to the point where gum tissue is worn away.

Proper oral care is the first step in ensuring your gums remain healthy. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day as well as visit the dentist on a regular basis for check-ups.

Are you concerned about the health of your gums?

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD to receive a periodontal exam.


Previously, we discussed two popular screening options for detecting oral cancer. Now, we would like to go over what some of the common signs are that may be related to oral cancer. It is important to remember that oral cancer is easily treatable when caught in the early stages. 

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 42,000 people were expected to be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. The best way to detect oral cancer is through screenings, but there are some signs you should look for. Having one of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have oral cancer, but they should not be ignored or left untreated. 

So what signs should you be aware of?

- Pain or soreness in your mouth, tongue, or lips
- Trouble with talking, chewing and eating
- An unexpected shift in your teeth
- Irritation in your mouth or throat that won’t subside
- Patches in your mouth that are red or white

If these symptoms do not go away after roughly two weeks, you should see your dentist immediately.

Dentist in Rockville, MD

If you have never received a screening for oral cancer or would like to be checked again, schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD.




11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-4200
drj@drjsamuels.com
 

   

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