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Do your gums bleed while brushing your teeth? What about while flossing, or even eating certain kinds of foods?

Bleeding gums can indicate that you are at risk (or already have) gum disease. And persistent bleeding of the gums may be due to serious medical conditions such as coagulation problems, leukemia or autoimmune disorders.

One thing is absolutely clear. If you have bleeding gums, you should have it checked out by a dentist or periodontist.

The most common cause of gum bleeding is gum disease. The gums become tender, sore and swollen during the early stages of gum disease. This is known as gingivitis or inflamed gums. Failure to remove plaque from the teeth at the gum line is the main cause. If regular brushing and dental cleanings are not done to remove the plaque, it hardens into tartar. This can lead to periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum and jawbone disease, ultimately causing tooth loss.

Have you taken the gum disease self assessment test from the American Academy of Periodontology? It just takes a few moments and will help you determine whether you are at risk. Click this link to launch a pop-up window for an instant assessment.

Gum Disease Risk Assessment Tool

The quiz will ask you simple questions, including ones such as:

  • Do your gums ever bleed?
  • Are your teeth loose?
  • Do your teeth look longer than you are used to them looking?
  • Have your gums receded?
  • Do you smoke or use tobacco?
  • How often do you floss?
  • When was the last time you went to the dentist?
  • Have you ever been told at a dental cleaning or exam that you have inflammation of the gums?
  • Have your family members had gum disease?

Once armed with the answers to the questions, a patient with symptoms of gum disease can work with their dentist to diagnose the issue. Visitors to the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles offices of periodontist Dr. Lynn Sayre-Carstairs can attest to the thoroughness of her questioning and examination.

Here is more information about gum care, inflamed gums, gum pain and periodontal therapy.

Tips for home care of bleeding gums

  • Consult your dentist or periodontist immediately if the bleeding is heavy or persistent.
  • If your gums bleed even after treatment, let the dentist know.
  • If you have other medical symptoms with the gum bleeding, bring it up – however unrelated you feel the symptoms are.
  • Don’t use tobacco as it aggravates bleeding gums.
  • Soak a piece of gauze padding in icy water and apply pressure directly to the bleeding gums to control the bleeding.
  • Don’t take aspirin (unless directed by your physician – whom you have told about the gum problems).
  • Massage your gums with a dental irrigation machine or gently with a soft bristle toothbrush.
  • Mention denture fit issues (sore spots from your dentures).
  • Floss twice a day to avoid plaque buildup. Avoid cutting your gums with the dental floss.
  • Brush after every meal.
  • Don’t use vigorous back and forth strokes across the gum line as that can rip and tear the gums.
  • Don’t use commercial mouth wash that contains alcohol.
  • Rinse with salt water or a mix of water and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Maintain a healthy diet with the proper amount of minerals and vitamins.

Watch this video to learn how to avoid gingivitis:

About Coast Periodontics and Dr. Lynn Sayre-Carstairs

Dr. Lynn C. Sayre – Carstairs, DMD offers state-of-the-art gum treatment at her San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles offices. A leader in the field of Periodontology with over 20 years of experience and specialized training, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs believes that her approach is the gentlest way to manage gum disease.

Coast Periodontics and Laser Surgery is the only dental office within a 100 mile radius to have a dental laser. Dr. Lynn Sayre-Carstairs is an expert is the use of the laser for dental procedures and is an advocate for the many benefits dental lasers offer. Laser dentistry is often less painful and certainly less invasive than traditional non-laser methods.

M’s Danny Hultzen overcomes jittersPEORIA, Ariz. The bullpen door opened, and Danny Hultzen began to run. But this wasn’t some leisurely jog across the emerald grass in the outfield of Peoria Stadium. No, this was a full on sprint toward the pitcher’s mound a place he has been desperate to reach all spring. There was no taking his time like Fernando Rodney. Hultzen ran as if he were worried someone else might beat him to the mound and take away his long awaited chance to pitch.

“I was excited,” he said with an excited tone. “I had a couple butterflies going, and I just wanted out there as soon as I could.”

Rockies 4, Mariners 1 Notable: At Peoria Stadium, a few more minor mistakes in the field and a pair of hard hit doubles from Ryan Casteel and Kyle Parker off of Seattle lefty Lucas Luetge turned a 1 1 tie into 4 1 deficit in the top of the ninth. Erasmo Ramirez gave the Mariners a solid start, working three innings and giving up one run an impressive line drive, solo homer by Troy Tulowitzki in the first inning and two hits, striking out two and walking none. Tom Wilhelmsen looked sharp in his first Cactus League outing of the season, working a scoreless inning. . Reserve Endy Chavez had a pair of singles in his two at bats.

Player of the game: Kyle Seager should have had three hits in the game, but instead he was credited with just one, which accounted for the Mariners’ only run. Seager’s fly ball off Sean Berman in the third inning had just enough distance to clear the right field wall and for his first homer of the spring. It might have been the least hard hit ball of his three at bats. In the first inning, he hit a rocket line drive toward left center. It seemed likely to score Seth Smith from second with cheap nfl jerseys from china ease. But shortstop Tulowitzki made a brilliant, leaping snag. In the fifth inning with Justin Ruggiano on second, Seager’s sharp ground ball down the first base line was gloved by a diving Ben Paulsen to save a run and record an out.

Quotable: “The first at bat the line drive to shortstop for me you have to be in better position to do that than the other one (solo homer). So I was just excited about that one as the one I got results on.” Seager.

On tap: The Mariners will travel to Mesa to visit the refurbished home of the Oakland A’s HoHoKam Stadium. Right hander Jordan Pries will start for Seattle, and lefty cheap jerseys china Scott Kazmir will go for the A’s. to accommodate comedian Will Ferrell and a television crew that will film him playing an inning for each team.

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To the outsider, it was just one scoreless inning pitched in a meaningless spring training game. But to Hultzen and the Mariners, it was so much more. Open triumphGolfers give bad reviews of Chambers Bay course, USGA says it’s just fineCool Seattle places off the tourist pathNine time major winner Gary Player calls Chambers Bay a ‘tragedy’Commuters: Seattle area traffic stinks, but we’d rather drive alone

It was his first game action since his 25 pitch performance in the Arizona instructional league at the end of September. Before that, the last real game he’d pitched in was on Sept. 1, 2013. A month later, he underwent an extensive reconstructive surgery to his ailing shoulder, repairing partial tears to the rotator cuff, labrum and anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder.

The time spent since then has been a grueling, step by step journey of pain, recovery, strength building and a constant battle against self doubt as he tried to rehabilitate his surgically repaired shoulder.

That one inning represented a huge step in his recovery and his hopeful return to the pitcher that made him the No. 2 overall pick of the 2011 draft.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” Hultzen said, his voice shaking a little with emotion. “It’s been a really long road. To be able to come back and pitch again is incredible. There were times I doubted if I could ever come back again. I’m through that now and really, really happy I can play baseball again.”

The cathartic feeling of just standing on the mound in a game with his teammates and friends watching and cheering him on had his heart racing.

He didn’t even notice that the first batter he would face was Rockies All Star wholesale jerseys outlet shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who had homered in his previous at bat.

“That was crazy,” Hultzen said. “I was just focused on warming up. I’m not used to coming out of the bullpen, so I’m not really thinking about who is coming up. So that was cool to pitch to him for the first time.”

Hultzen’s first pitch to Tulowitzki was a perfect, 93 mph fastball on the inside corner. Up a strike, Hultzen tried to come back with a changeup to catch Tulowitzki off balance. Instead, he “spiked” the pitch, throwing it into the dirt a few feet in front of the plate.

Hultzen came back with another fastball on the inside corner that Tulowitzki watched for Strike 2. But another spiked changeup and missed slider moved the count to full. Hultzen walked Tulowitzki on a 95 mph fastball that was low.

“I was a little emotional those first few pitches,” he said. “I was a little too excited.”

But he was able to harness his emotions and the changeup against the next hitter, Wilin Rosario, who had homered twice against the Mariners on Monday cheap jerseys outlet in Scottsdale. Ahead 0 2, Hultzen threw a sinking changeup that Rosario rolled over, hitting a weak ground ball to Kyle Seager, who started a 5 4 3 double play.

Hultzen then got Ben Paulsen to ground out. He threw 12 pitches, eight of them strikes.

“Other than those two changeups, I threw everything for strikes,” he said. “And I came back and threw a changeup for a strike. Just the emotions of it, I was trying to get through. I wasn’t thinking too much, just kind of throwing it and seeing what happened. After those first couple, I was able to calm down and focus on the actual pitches.”

After Hultzen got the last out, he barely took any time to enjoy his accomplishment, bounding off the mound and to the dugout where manager Lloyd McClendon had a handshake for him and his teammates were waiting to congratulate him.

“I was very pleased,” McClendon said. “I was nervous for him, but he did a nice job. His velocity was 93 95. He threw a couple of good breaking balls and bounced a few of them, but probably some jitters.”

Even his teammates, who have seen him endure the long recovery, had jitters.

“That was awesome,” shortstop Brad Miller said. “Me and CT (Chris Taylor) were out there, and CT has obviously played with him since college (and) he said, ‘I’m even a little nervous for him.’ It was just so good to see. He’s worked hard.”Articles Connexes´╝Ü