With as much as 30 percent of the population at risk, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. The good news is that it can usually be avoided or successfully treated. Let’s start with a basic definition. Periodontal Disease and How it Occurs Gum disease, which is also known as periodontitis… Read more »
Why Do Most People Have Their Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
Millions of people have their wisdom teeth removed each year, and roughly 85 percent of people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted during their lifetime. The reason? We don’t need our wisdom teeth (also called third molars), and even if they are not currently causing you discomfort they can get in the way of… Read more »
Surprise! Chewing (Sugar-Free) Gum is Good for Your Oral Health
Keys to promoting healthy teeth and gums: brushing, flossing, regular dental visits…..and chewing gum? According to clinical studies, including a report by the British Dental Journal in 2016, chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can eliminate cavity-causing bacteria from your mouth, and thus prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum causes your mouth to produce When you… Read more »
Is Mouthwash Beneficial?
According to market studies, more than 200 million people use mouthwash in the U.S. It gives a sense of fresh breath, but are there truly other benefits? Let’s take a look. Mouthwashes are typically classified either as cosmetic, therapeutic, or a combination of the two. Cosmetic mouthwash simply help remove oral debris before or after… Read more »
Are Dentures Right for You? What you need to know.
Dentures used to be an expected part of aging. Today, patients take better care of their teeth and preventative dentistry has dramatically improved. It is no longer a given that you won’t make it to retirement with the same teeth you grew in childhood. That said, dentures play a role in the smiles of over… Read more »
Suffer from Dental Anxiety? Here Are Our Top Strategies to Cope
Does the idea of undergoing dental work cause fear or even panic for you? If so, you’re experiencing dental anxiety. You’re not alone: Many people suffer dental anxiety, and some even suffer from a phobia of seeing the dentist. Seeing the dentist regularly is important, even for those with dental anxiety. Skipping cleanings or avoiding… Read more »
Ten Facts You Need to Know about Dental Implants
Someone you know has dental implants. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, more than three million Americans now benefit from them. That number rises by about a half million new implant recipients each year. Why so many? More than two-thirds of all people ages 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, and most of them… Read more »
Is Fluoride Right For You?
Have you ever been offered a fluoride treatment at your dental office, and wondered if this is the right treatment for you? Below, we will outline the benefits and uses of fluoride varnish, and why your dentist may recommend it for you. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay by stopping demineralization… Read more »
Alternatives to Flossing
As much as we would love everyone to floss every single day, we are realistic and understand that some people can’t or, won’t floss…ever. Circumstances such as larger spaces in between the teeth, a small mouth, large hands, arthritis, or specific dental restorations can make it difficult to maneuver floss for effective oral hygiene. Did… Read more »
Are Your Teeth Sensitive to Cold?
There are several reasons why teeth can be sensitive to cold temperatures: Exposed root surface (recession) – When gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, it exposes the next layer of the tooth or the root surface. The root contains tubules that lead to the nerve and when you eat or drink something cold the… Read more »
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