Stylish Smile is

18124 Culver Drive St B Irvine, CA, 92612

Info@stylishsmile.com

(949) 570-6795

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During your oral hygiene routine you may have noticed that the gum area around one of your teeth is swollen. This is not unusual and the swollen gum tissue can be due to a few different causes. If you do notice your gum is swollen or you have any pain around the area, contact our dental office in Irvine, CA immediately and we will have you seen as soon as possible.

At Stylish Smiles, we provide exceptional care and work to ensure any issues with gums are addressed to prevent future issues. Our team is equipped with state of the art technology, and we work with each patient to discuss and determine what treatment works best.

What Causes Swollen Gums Around a Tooth?

There are a few reasons you may have swollen gums around a single tooth including poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or an abscess.

Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene plays an important role in keeping our teeth and gums healthy. If you do not brush and floss regularly to remove any food or bacteria from your teeth and mouth, problems may occur. This can lead to inflammation or decay, and over time can develop into gum disease. A few common symptoms that indicate you may have gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums, bad breath, a loose tooth, or a bad taste in your mouth.

Gum Disease

If you do not practice good oral hygiene habits bacteria can infect the tissue surrounding your tooth and inflammation can occur. If left untreated this can lead to periodontal disease. Signs to watch out for include bleeding gums, sore or tender gums, loose teeth, or gums that seem to pull away from the teeth.

Abscess

An abscess can occur when the bacteria has caused an infection. This can be caused from an untreated cavity or decay on a tooth. Symptoms of an abscess include pain, swollen or tender jaw, swollen gums, or a fever. If you notice any of these symptoms it is important to contact our office right away. Infections can lead to serious health problems if they are not treated promptly.

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Looking for gum care solutions near you?

Our patients’ health is our first priority, and Dr. Bukai works with each patient to ensure the issue is resolved, and the patient is pain free. Gum disease is a common issue many patients face, and keeping our mouths clean using good oral hygiene habits can prevent swollen or painful gums. If gum disease is not addressed this condition can progress into periodontitis.

We recommend brushing and flossing daily, after meals, and before bedtime. Attending your regular dental exams in our office will help to keep your teeth and mouth feeling healthy. Regular dental exams give our team the opportunity to get in front of any potential issues before they become more serious.

If you are interested in finding out more about gum disease treatment near you, contact our dental office in Irvine, CA today to schedule your consultation.

 

Home Is Where Your Family Is

Snacking is an activity we all do and what we choose to snack on is important. Snacks that are full of sugar such as candy or cake may taste good, but are not good for our teeth. In addition to the sugar these types of snacks contain large amounts of fat. Sugary snacks if eaten regularly can cause tooth decay. At Stylish Smiles in Irvine, CA, we can help provide our patients with guidelines for healthy eating. After all, Dr. Bukai believes in promoting healthy choices in order to keep teeth free of harmful bacteria.

How Can Sugary Snacks Impact My Teeth?

Our mouths contain bacteria, and this bacteria forms a sticky material called plaque. The plaque sticks on or in-between our teeth and this can cause decay. When sugary snacks are eaten the bacteria in the mouth gravitates towards the sugar, and turns the sugar into acids. This acid can damage the hard enamel that covers our teeth, and cause cavities to begin to develop. Staying away from snacks or foods filled with sugar can help keep the bacteria in your mouth from producing the acid that causes decay. 

How Should I Choose A Healthy Snack?

When you have that urge to snack take a minute to ask yourself if the snack you chose contains sugar. If it does, you may want to choose another snack that would be healthier for your teeth. Staying away from gooey sweets or snacks that are very chewy is a good rule of thumb. These types of snacks can stick to the surface of your teeth and take longer to remove, exposing your teeth to sugar longer. If you do choose to eat sweets, it may be best to save that type of snack for after a main meal instead of having that snack between meals.

Our dentist in Irvine, CA works to teach our pediatric and adult patients the benefits of healthy eating. Taking care of our oral health not only includes brushing or flossing, but it includes making healthy eating choices. Staying away from snacks full of sugar can help prevent cavities, and keep your teeth looking and feeling great. Brushing your teeth after eating a sweet with a fluoride toothpaste can remove any harmful bacteria that may cause cavities if left on our teeth.

What Types of Snacks Are a Good Choice?

There are many good tasting and healthy shacks on the market today that are less harmful to our teeth and body. Sticking to snacks that are lower in sugar can help protect our teeth from decay or other diseases. Choosing foods like fruits or vegetables, and crackers or bread are good choices. It may be helpful to make a healthy food list that you pick from when snacking or eating. This can help you make good choices and stay away from those harmful sugary foods.

Examples of Smart Food Choices That Are Less Likely to Cause Tooth Decay

Fresh Vegetables of Fruits

• Oranges
• Bananas
• Apples
• Grapefruit
• Broccoli
• Carrots
• Cucumbers
• Tomatoes

Grains

• Unsweetened cereals
• Popcorn
• Bread
• Bagels
• Pasta
• Crackers

Milk and Dairy Products

• Low or non-fat milk
• Low or non-fat cheese
• Low or non-fat yogurt

Meat, Nuts, Seeds

• Chicken
• Turkey
• Nuts

Looking For a Dentist Near You?

Many foods or snacks are harmful to our teeth and body. Our dentist cares about the overall health of each patient, and always promotes healthy snacking and eating. Checking the label and sugar content can help you make the right decision for healthy snacking. Choosing a variety of foods from the basic food groups can help you eat a balanced diet, and keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy. Brushing and flossing daily as well as attending your regular dental exams in our office can help keep your oral health in check. The Stylish Smile dental team works diligently to not only care for your teeth, but care for your overall health.

If you are looking for a dentist near you, our team is happy to help. To get more information or to schedule your dental exam, contact Dr. Bukai in Irvine, CA and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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