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
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
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
As the new year begins, it is the perfect time for a fresh start. While you may be thinking about your exercise habits or your diet plan, you should also consider your oral health. One of the best (and easiest) ways to start the new year off right with your smile is to purchase a new toothbrush.
Here are four reasons why buying a new toothbrush can lay the groundwork for a healthier and more confident smile this year:
#1 Leave Behind Bacteria
Unless you just recently changed it out, there’s a solid chance that your toothbrush is carrying bacteria within its bristles. Considering that you use it twice a day to remove countless food particles and germs from your mouth, it makes sense to learn that that bacteria doesn’t always get removed from your brush once you’re done. This can also be true if you store your toothbrush close to someone else’s toothbrush or even too close to the toilet! A new toothbrush means a clean toothbrush! … Continue reading
Did you know that your headaches, jaw pain and even ear pain can be traced to back to TMJ problems. TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is responsible for the action of biting down or opening and closing your mouth. This joint, as well as the nerves, muscles and tissues that support it, gets worked countless times a day as you eat, speak, laugh and even yawn. Unfortunately, the TMJ can become inflamed, irritated or strained – which leads to many disruptive symptoms of TMD (temporomandibular disorder).
To help you understand why you are experiencing the symptoms of a jaw disorder and how to treat it, here are some FAQs on TMD: … Continue reading
Many people use mouthwash on a daily basis, even carrying it with them as a frequent breath freshener. Many others never use it. Yet, walking down any oral health care aisle at your local store may have you questioning whether or not you should be using mouthwash. True, it cannot harm your smile, but it is worth the extra cost and effort? Keep reading to learn more.
Mouthwash is not meant to replace daily flossing and regular brushing, but for many people it can add an extra benefit and promote oral health.
There are many unpredictable things that occur in life:
- you cannot plan for an illness
- emergencies typically occur at the least convenient times
- a flat tire will hit your wallet right before it’s time to leave for a family vacation
Yet, there are things in life that you can, and should, plan for because you know that they will come:
- your car’s oil will need to be changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles in order to keep your engine running
- your grass will need to be cut once a week during the summer
- your work deadlines will come no matter how much you procrastinate