Tooth loss is a huge problem throughout the U.S. While America is most certainly not a third world country, the rate at which tooth loss affects Americans is astonishing. You need your teeth! Your natural teeth provide stability and strength to your entire jaw bone and facial structure. Just the loss of one tooth has the potential to ruin your facial appearance and cost thousands of dollars to repair. Missing teeth lead to poor oral health, poor general health, speech challenges, and nutritional insufficiencies. One of the ways to prevent tooth loss is to know the top causes – and prevent them from affecting you. Continue reading
Many people wrongly assume that if they did not have issues with their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early 20s then they are “off the hook.” Yet, not everyone’s mouth develops and reacts the same way. Wisdom teeth need to be given proper attention no matter what your age is. Ignoring your wisdom teeth will not make them go away – it will often only lead to serious problems and severe pain within your mouth.
Regular dental visits allow your dentist to keep an eye on the development and placement of your wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the third molars that are situated at the very back of the mouth. Most people do not have room inside their mouth for these extra molars to erupt. The mouth has limited real estate, and having teeth try to move in where there is no space can result in disaster for your smile. Continue reading
There are many options for taking care of your smile. Flossing, brushing, regular dental visits, mouthwash, and more are available to help you achieve a healthy mouth. Yet, many people want to use only certain options assuming that picking and choosing will keep their smile healthy and bright. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
The most important things you can do for your oral health are flossing and regular dental visits. Yes, you read that correctly: flossing is more important than brushing, and regular dental visits are also at the top of the list. While brushing your teeth at least twice a day is incredibly beneficial, it is not the most beneficial. Please also note that mouthwash also did not make the top of the list. Continue reading
Cancer is one of the most feared diagnoses that patients can receive. While many treatment advancements have been made in curing cancer, it is no secret that there is still a high death rate among cancer patients. Oral cancer is an uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to the tissues within the mouth. It is important to be able to identify all of the oral tissues in order to pay attention to symptoms that may become present. The mouth is made up of: the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth, palate, gums, teeth, sinuses, and the throat. If oral cancer is caught early, successful intervention can often be given. Continue reading
When emergencies occur, you often do not have much time to think about things before you make a decision. You simply look at the situation, assess the situation, and then proceed with the best information you have at the time. It is unfortunate that emergencies do not happen on schedule – that you cannot plan in advance when they will occur, who they will happen to, and the length of time that it will take for recovery. While the state of an emergency is that it occurs at random and typically at the most inconvenient times – having some sort of plan in place for those “what if” moments can help you make the best decisions during moments when you often do not have the time to make them. Continue reading
Your smile is one of your greatest assets. Your smile can let someone know that you care about them, it can brighten someone’s day, it can help you land a great position at work – your smile can help make life better. Yet, if you are not actively taking care of your smile on a daily basis, you are allowing it to slip away.
Just as plants need constant care and attention to grow, just as your body needs you to eat healthy and exercise regularly – your smile needs a little attention every day. Just a little TLC can protect your smile from damage and decay. Continue reading
Bad breath is something that plagues everyone from time to time. You enjoy an Italian meal loaded with garlic, you (and those around you) will know it for a day or two. However, what about those who are constantly plagued with bad breath? Those who cannot find relief no matter how often they chew gum, brush their teeth, or rinse with mouthwash? If you are someone who is afflicted by bad breath, take heart – there are things you can do to overcome this burden.
While this seems more than obvious, bad breath is caused by something affecting your mouth. Yet, it is not always what you expect it to be. You could avoid garlic and onions like the plague and still be burdened by constant bad breath. The most important thing about bad breath is to find the source of the problem and to then remove it. Continue reading
A popular question that patients ask their dentists is whether or not they need to use mouthwash. The truth of the matter is that anything you do to have a cleaner mouth will improve your oral health – as well as your overall health. Mouthwash is one of those items that is typically not categorized as a necessity, but it is certainly not harmful and can benefit many people.
At times, mouthwash can be just an added expense. Depending on whether you use it once or twice (or more) a day, a bottle of mouthwash does not last that long. Many people are relieved to learn that they do not need mouthwash to achieve a healthy smile. Brushing the teeth at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist twice a year are enough for most people who have good oral health. However, mouthwash can provide many benefits for those who struggle with certain oral health concerns. Continue reading
No matter who you are, no matter where you were born, no matter what your economic position is – you only get one set of permanent teeth in life. That means, taking care of your teeth is incredibly important if you want them to last for your entire lifetime. And who doesn’t?!? Continue reading
There are a lot of reasons to stop smoking: live longer, live healthier, improve how your breath smells, improve how your teeth look. Just in case you need another incentive to stop smoking – it will help you save your smile!
Stopping the habit of smoking will immediately improve your oral health. Tobacco is an irritant to the gum tissues inside the mouth. Many people take their gum tissues for granted, yet the gums help to hold the teeth in place by stabilizing them in the mouth. The gum tissues are also necessary for protecting the roots of the teeth that supply life to the teeth. Because tobacco is an irritant to the gum tissues, every time you smoke, you are weakening the tissues and causing your teeth to become vulnerable to decay and loss. The day you stop smoking, your gums will be healthier. The body is an incredible self-healing machine that wants to protect itself from decay. Once you make the choice to stop harming your mouth, your body’s system will begin working to heal it. Continue reading