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Bleeding Gums: Why Do My Gums Bleed So Easily?

August 21, 2018

Filed under: Endodontics,Prevention — lrfamily @ 12:00 pm

Do your gums frequently bleed when you brush your teeth or eat certain types of foods? The sight of blood originating from your gums can be frightening to say the least, but understanding the root cause of this condition will allow you to better treat and prevent it.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

There are a number of different factors which can play a role in bleeding gums. These include…

Changes to Your Teeth Cleaning Routine

Your teeth and gums can be very sensitive to change. By way of example, let’s say you have been using the same toothbrush for a few months and you get a new one at the end of your checkup with us. That night, you are very excited to use your new brush, but look down and see some pink in the sink. In many cases, there is no need to fear. What probably happened was that your old brush was soft-bristled due to use, while the new brush is firm and has scraped against your gums.

Changes to your flossing schedule have the same effect. Take your time to ease into new changes to your routine. (more…)

Root Canal Myths Debunked

January 11, 2018

Filed under: Endodontics,Root Canal — lrfamily @ 8:59 am

Root canals have garnered a nasty reputation over the years. Whether in movies, on the Internet, or through word-of-mouth, you’ve probably heard things that make you apprehensive about the root canal procedure.

However, the hearsay is often wrong or simply just outdated information.

If you’ve heard that root canals are painful, cause illness, or other scary rumors, don’t believe the hype! Root canals are one of the safest and most pain-free ways to save a natural tooth. So, if you’re scared to get in the dental chair for your root canal procedure, the friendly dentists at Little Rock Family Dental Care are here to put your mind at ease by debunking the myths that surround root canals.

Here are the REAL facts about root canals… (more…)

Endodontics: What is It?

December 31, 2016

Filed under: Endodontics,Root Canal — lrfamily @ 8:30 am

There are quite a few misconceptions as to what endodontic therapy is (also known as root canal), so we thought it would be a useful subject to shed some light on.

This is such an intricate and complex area of dentistry that endodontists (a dentist specializing in root canals) are required to take two years of additional schooling to be a specialist in this area of dentistry.

What is Endodontics?

To start, the term “endodontic” can be broken down to two simple components: the prefix “endo” and the suffix, “dontic.” In medical terminology, “endo-” means “within, inner, absorbing, or containing,” and “-dontic” refers to teeth. From this, it’s clear that “endodontics” means the treatment of the interior of a tooth. (more…)