Gum disease is one of the most common oral health issues that Americans face. Unfortunately, it is not taken as seriously as it should be. While initial stages of gum disease (gingivitis) is marked by red, swollen and bleeding gums, there are more advanced stages that can produce serious damage to your oral health and body health. Untreated gum disease is associated with tooth loss as well as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other serious medical conditions. … Continue reading
The use of e-cigarettes (or vaping) has become a popular trend in the last few years. Most of the vaping population turned to their new habit under the assumption that e-cigarettes are the healthier alternative compared to traditional tobacco products. Unfortunately, vaping is not without health risks, including some serious risks to your oral health.
Since e-cigarettes are relatively new, research studies are still being conducted on the long-term risks of this oral habit. A recent CNET article exposes some of the most recent findings of how vaping can negatively impact dental health. The article reports what New York periodontist Scott Froum, D.D.S. discovers as he digs into the research of this topic. “Most experts agree that although e-cigarettes generally contain fewer toxins than tobacco cigarettes, that doesn’t mean they’re harmless. And after reviewing the evidence on how propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, and nicotine — the three most common ingredients in e-cigarettes — can affect oral health, Froum thinks there’s cause for concern.” … Continue reading
Does your struggle with bad breath keep your pockets full of mints? If you suffer from bad breath/halitosis on a daily basis, we understand that your self-confidence is threatened. When it comes to chronic bad breath, however, you should know that using peppermints may only be masking your condition, or even making it worse. Bad breath, medically termed halitosis, needs to be treated at its root cause, which can be a number of things. Your dentist is the best place to start if you want to get rid of your embarrassing breath odor for good. … Continue reading
Not sure you are willing to the spend the time and money on dental implants? Don’t walk away yet. Modern implant dentistry offers an innovative solution to make your implant dentistry experience quicker, more comfortable and less expensive. Discover the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants?
What is All-on-4?
Just as its name suggests, the All-on-4 dental implant system uses just four dental implants to support a full arch of missing teeth. Once the implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, a full denture is attached on top. Patients gain all the benefits of an overdenture (or implant-supported denture), which includes unrivaled stability, unrestricted diet, bone loss prevention and more. Compared to a traditional dental implant, however, an All-on-4 implant is longer and strategically placed at an angle within the jaw. This unique structure and concept delivers valued advantages for the right patient. … Continue reading
According to the American Association of Orthodontics, an estimated 4.5 million Americans wear braces. Braces are one of the most popular ways to straighten a crooked smile. While straight teeth are certainly easier to keep clean and healthy, the orthodontic treatment process can pose challenges to your hygiene routine – especially when you have fixed appliances like braces.
Fortunately, there is another orthodontic option that can be just as effective as braces, but without the physical challenges of trying to clean around brackets and bands. Invisalign offers remarkable advantages for both teens and adults who have crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth. Not only are the aligners clear for ultra-low visibility, but they can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. … Continue reading
Your teeth are remarkably strong. But they are not invincible. Even a healthy tooth can fracture under extreme pressure. While it may be easy to spot a broken tooth, a tooth crack can be difficult to detect. In fact, hairline cracks in a tooth may be undetectable to the eye but they require the same prompt treatment as a major crack or break.
Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS) is a painful condition that occurs when there is a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can describe anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown of a tooth to a major fracture that extends all the way to the tooth root. The most important thing is that you recognize cracked tooth syndrome and seek proper treatment. … Continue reading
How do you feel about your smile? Many patients are confident in the health of their teeth, yet they find themselves hiding their teeth due to concerns about their appearance. Whether you were born with an imperfect smile or your teeth have suffered unsightly consequences over time, cosmetic dentistry can help. Cosmetic dentistry offers a full range of treatment options for teeth that are crooked, discolored, chipped and misshapen. While cosmetic dentistry can undoubtedly be your answer to a more confident and happier you, it does require some intentional forethought and consideration. If you are interested in letting cosmetic dentistry transform you smile, here are a few things to keep in mind: … Continue reading
Gum disease is one of the most common, yet most serious oral health conditions. More than half of adults over the age of 35 suffer from some form of periodontal disease. While beginning stages of gum disease, like gingivitis, are easily treated without any real consequences, if your gum disease goes untreated, you could face serious threats to your smile as well as your overall health. Like many diseases, knowledge is key to preventing and detecting gum disease. Let’s take a closer look at the causes, symptoms and potential outcomes of this prevalent condition. … Continue reading
Mouthguards are a type of oral appliance made of solid plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific position. While there are mouthguards to be worn during sports and other models designed for sleeping, all mouthguards have the same basic role – to protect!
You may think of mouthguards as the boil-and-bite models you can get at your local pharmacy or sporting goods store. While these can offer some level of protection, a custom mouthguard from your dentist is far superior in fit, comfort and effectiveness. Mouthguards from your dentist are uniquely fabricated to fit over every crevice and groove of your smile. In addition, they can be made from higher grade materials, which means better protection and lasting durability.
Could your smile benefit from a mouthguard? Here are three main reasons to invest in a dental mouthguard: … Continue reading
While we love seeing our patients, we don’t want to see them more than we have to. In other words, our goal is to help you maintain your oral health with routine preventative care so that you don’t have to come back for unscheduled visits. While professional cleanings and exams can go a long way in protecting the health of your smile, these visits only occur twice out of the entire year. What you do the other 363 days can be the deciding factor in whether or not you avoid dental treatments such as cavity repair, gum disease therapy, root canals and other restorative procedures.
Your teeth are among the most important structures in your body. The mouth is the gateway for bacteria to enter your body and the teeth are a necessity for chewing, speaking and other important functions. Taking care of your teeth, therefore, should take priority. Are you making your dental health a priority? … Continue reading