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…)
Grinding your teeth, also called bruxism, is a common issue that doesn’t necessarily lead to complications. It is estimated that 8% of adults grind their teeth at night, and more than a third of parents have reported that their children have engaged in sleep bruxism. Occasional bruxism doesn’t normally lead to problems, but when grinding becomes a regular occurrence, it can lead to a host of problems. If you have teeth that are worn flat or a clicking jaw, you might be grinding your teeth at night and not know it. (more…)
Everyone knows the basics – sugar causes tooth decay, brush and floss twice a day. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that simple. There are plenty of reasons people end up with cavities, and some of the causes of tooth decay are avoidable with the right information and care. (more…)
Current statistics show that at least 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and these numbers are expected to rise in the coming years. Missing teeth can result from a number of mishaps, most notably poor dental hygiene, a lack of proper dental care, and a disregard for proper dental health. If you are suffering from a missing tooth, it’s best to replace it at soon as possible. There are five common and popular options that your dentist may recommend to you when discussing replacement. (more…)
White teeth are what make the world shine. With whiter teeth, you can propel yourself up the corporate ladder, exhume charisma and confidence, and impress your peers with that glimmering smile of yours. Ok, well – maybe the third benefit is the most realistic one, but regardless, having a whiter and more beautiful smile should certainly be a goal of yours.
When most people try to achieve white teeth, it is done in one of two ways: at home procedure or at the dental office. If you are currently debating between the two, hopefully the information below will help you decide. (more…)
Practicing good oral hygiene is something that can sometimes feel like an impossible task. No matter how long you brush and floss your teeth, there always seems to be more and more information about what needs to be done to effectively maintain a healthy smile.
Interestingly enough, much of this information has to do with decreasing the consumption of some of the foods you eat or limiting certain daily habits that lead to poor oral health. But with all of the conflicting information out there, how do you know what is right for you?
If you are looking to gain a deeper understanding of how you can achieve solid oral hygiene, this guide can serve as a blueprint for getting you there. Let’s get started. (more…)
When it comes to dental health, most people think about the importance of protecting your teeth through brushing and flossing. Very few people think about the role that your gums play in both your dental and overall health. So, when bleeding gums occur, it can certainly cause a bit of a scare.
So, what does it mean if your gums are bleeding? Well, the purpose of this article is to provide you with a few potential reasons as well as some things to do to prevent this issue from occurring. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities for what bleeding gums could mean. (more…)