As the months get warmer, we know that many of our patients will be enjoying cookouts, BBQ’s, special trips, and many other exciting adventures. We know that during these special events, typical food and drink choices are replaced with special treats and beverages not normally consumed. While a treat once in a while is something that everyone enjoys, it is best not to make it a habit. Frequent unhealthy snacking habits can lead to numerous issues with your oral health. Every time we eat, small bits of food particles remain in the teeth, eventually turning into bacteria. This bacteria, if not cleaned quickly and properly, can turn into tooth decay. We want to share some snacking tips to help your oral health remain in pristine condition.
Are you a fan of chewing gum but always avoided it because you thought it was bad for your teeth? No need to avoid any longer. Chewing gum can actually help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Sadly, sugar-filled Hubba Bubba or Big League Chew have to sit on the sidelines, but you can certainly enjoy your favorite sugar-free gum, which provides many benefits to your dental health.
Do you feel that you only need to be concerned with tooth decay when thinking about your oral health? If those are your thoughts, we hate to tell you, but you are wrong. Another area in the mouth that you should be equally concerned with is your gum health. Gum disease affects more than half of American adults and many times goes undetected due to its silent nature. Gum disease is an irritation and infection in and around the gums. It can range from minor symptoms like bleeding gums when brushing, to severe symptoms such as loose teeth.
Imagine chopping down on a delicious peppermint candy cane only to feel intense discomfort and throbbing as the cavity you have been putting off treating suddenly reaches its breaking point. You have already been warned that a tooth extraction is the next step. Of any tooth procedure that is needed, a tooth extraction is probably the least desirable. Even though permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are unfortunate circumstances which make an extraction necessary.
A dental deep cleaning, sometimes referred to as gum therapy, is a treatment that cleans between the gums and the teeth, down to the roots. This type of cleaning involves the removal of bacteria, tartar, and other harmful debris in the teeth and gums. This process can also be referred to as root planing or periodontal scaling and may require several visits in order to complete the treatment. It is more extensive than a standard cleaning and is designed to treat gum disease and stop it from becoming worse.
Any vampire or werewolf will tell you that healthy teeth are the most important tool of the trade. With something that important, you want to give it the best care you can. So, for all the little vampires and werewolves out there (and adults too) Halloween is a great time to ensure that you are maintaining the proper care of your teeth. Continue on to learn some tips to make sure that you and your family will have the healthiest fangs this Halloween season!
Your teeth are constantly being attacked by acid, sugar, and other harmful bacteria that threaten their health. They are armed, however, with a natural shield that protects your pearly whites from chemical and physical damage: the enamel.
Are you experiencing red or swollen gums? Do your gums bleed after brushing your teeth? If that is the case, you could be suffering from a common dental problem that is important to treat because it is not reversible — but we can keep it from getting worse. Read more to find out about this issue.
Patients often ask us why we recommend they visit us twice a year, or every six months, for a professional cleaning and checkup. In fact, for some patients we suggest that they visit us more frequently due to their particular condition. It’s a great question and one that we are happy to answer. Read on to find out more.
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.