Dentists and families have told us for years to avoid sugar because it promotes tooth decay. The World Health Organization and the US Government both issue recommendations to help us limit our sugar intake. The reason for these recommendations is to give us a reasonable expectation of the level of sugar intake we should scale down to for our health. Dental health is more a part of that than most people realize.
It’s common knowledge that dentists recommend getting teeth cleaned twice a year. You may wonder why your dentist recommends a cleaning every 6 months, but there are many reasons your dentist asks that you come in bi-annually.
Oral care doesn’t stop just because you have lost some or all of your teeth. Maintaining clean and well cared for dentures is a very important part of keeping your mouth, gums, and throat healthy also. Most dentures are made out of a plastic called polymethyl methacrylate acrylic, or PMMA, and need to be taken care of in a much different manner than teeth. Always make sure that you check with your dentist, but there are some general tips that everyone should be aware of for proper denture care. (more…)
Temporomandibular Joints pain, or TMJ, is medically referred to as TMD, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. These joints are located that the side of your head and make up your Jaw bone. These joints control the way you chew, speak and yawn. When these joints are not working properly, TMD occurs. This can cause a great amount of pain since these joints affect all area of your face. This disorder can also inhibit the ability to communicate effectively and can cause many challenges in the workplace and society if left untreated. (more…)
Going to the dentist isn’t always the most pleasant experience, particularly for young kids. It’s common for children to have a fear of the dentist, and for a pretty good reason—dentists work with one of the most sensitive areas of the body and not every dentist is conscientious of their needs. What qualities should you look for in a family dentist? One that not only works with your children, but also with you? (more…)
Toothaches are a very common affliction, and pain can range from mild to very severe and even debilitating. It’s important to watch out for fevers, headaches and earaches, pain when opening the mouth wide, and toothaches that last more than a day or two. Your dentist or doctor may have to refer you to a specialist for further care if the treatment is beyond their abilities. (more…)
Teeth are something we often take for granted. We do our best to care for them within the constraints of the rest of our day, forget half the recommendations our dentist makes until we have to make a dental appointment, and don’t pay attention to the damage we’re doing.
Our habits have consequences. Often painful, expensive consequences. (more…)
You may be wondering why your coach or dentist has recommended a mouthguard if you or your child is involved in sports or activities. A mouthguard does just what the name says.
mouthguards protect the mouth by providing a soft but sturdy covering over the teeth. This can save the teeth, tongue, cheeks, face and lips from injury during impact or intense activities by providing extra cushion. (more…)
Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a common problem with many causes. What many people don’t understand is the problems it can cause and how easily it can be treated. (more…)
Are you afraid of the dentist? You’re not alone. It is estimated that up to 75% of adults in the US experience some degree of fear of the dentist, from mild to severe. Somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of US adults have dental phobia and go out of their way to avoid dental care or treatment until an emergency crops up. This is called the “cycle of avoidance,” where avoiding the dentist leads to complications that require more invasive treatment, which only reinforces their fear. (more…)