Like most serious medical issues, it is always easier to prevent oral cancer than it is to treat it once it has developed. Oral cancer is highly curable when it is caught at an early stage, but it can be deadly if ignored. Routine dental visits and a good understanding of your personal risk factors are your best defense against mouth cancer. Continue reading
You may assume that your routine dental appointment is all about getting your teeth cleaned. However, while the professional teeth cleaning is a vital component, there is much more that goes on during this visit. In fact, your dentist performs a number of evaluations to check the condition of your teeth and gums. When problems are caught early, they can be treated more easily and conservatively.
One of the most common terms you’ll hear during your routine visit is periodontal charting. Continue reading
A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is a time-tested procedure that can save a severely infected or diseased tooth. Root canal therapy involves several steps. First, the diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth is removed. Next, the inner tooth is disinfected and the canals of the tooth are shaped and filled with a special material to seal off future infection. Finally, a crown is placed on the tooth to help it regain strength and integrity. This is a procedure that eliminates infection as well as brings the patient out of severe pain. But what happens if you still have pain after your root canal? Continue reading
Congratulations on your engagement! Now it is time to start planning for your big day. We know that dress shopping, flowers and finding a wedding venue is on your to-do list, but don’t forget about your smile. You’ll be in front of your favorite people and left with a lifetime of photographs from this memorable day. There’s really no better time to better your smile! After all, nothing taints a beautiful wedding more than a bride or groom trying to hide their smile due to unsightly teeth.
Flossing is an essential part of your dental hygiene routine. In fact, without flossing in between your teeth each day, you would leave nearly 35% of your tooth’s structure unclean. This gives bacteria, plaque and food debris a chance to accumulate and cause infection and disease within your teeth and gums. Still, there are many people who skip this critical dental care task. For some, it is because the act of flossing is too difficult or frustrating. Continue reading
Extra splashes in the swimming pool can certainly put a smile on your face. But have you ever considered the effects that chlorine can have on your teeth? Whether you are an athletic swimmer or a recreational splasher, spending more than six hours in the pool each week can lead to more than green hair and itchy skin. Frequent exposure to chlorinated water may also cause dental damage.
Enamel erosion is the major concern when it comes to swimming and your smile. While the chemicals in pool water are effective in killing harmful bacteria, they can also lead to enamel loss and stains across your teeth. In fact, “swimmer’s calculus” is the term used to describe brown deposits of tartar that develop on the teeth of those who spend significant amounts of time in the pool. Continue reading
It is not uncommon for patients to dread an upcoming dental visit, but many also feel notable anxiety or fear about seeing the dentist. Unfortunately, professional dental care is non-negotiable if you want to retain a healthy and lasting smile. That’s why it is important to recognize the source of your anxiety and let a dentist create a comfortable and relaxed experience for you. Modern dentistry offers a number of techniques to help patients feel at ease while in the dental chair, including sedation dentistry, less invasive treatments, advanced technology and comfort amenities that make you feel like you are at home instead of a sterile, uptight dental office. Continue reading
Modern dentures have come a long way in terms of replicating the look, feel and function of natural teeth. However, if you are choosing traditional dentures (those not anchored by implants), then you will still have certain maintenance tasks to complete in order to retain a comfortable denture fit. One of these requirements is called a denture reline.
A denture reline must be completed by your dentist. It is performed when you begin to lose stability in your denture and/or you find that food is getting trapped underneath your prosthetic teeth. A reline is a process to help you regain the ideal and secure fit you once had. It involves placing a new acrylic based into the denture to account for changing tissues of your gums and mouth. A denture reline can take on various forms depending on your needs, such as a direct reline, processed reline, soft reline and temporary reline. The goal of any type of denture reline is to restore comfort and stability. Continue reading
If you are like most, brushing your teeth every day is like getting dressed or tying your shoes. But what if you’ve been doing it wrong all these years? Just because you have deep experience in brushing your teeth doesn’t mean you’ve necessarily been doing it in the best or correct way.
Here are some common mistakes people make when it comes to brushing. Are you guilty? Continue reading
While not a welcome experience, a woman undergoes a distinct transition in hormones around the age of 45 that is known as menopause. Menopause marks the end of menstrual cycles for females. However, the drastic changes in hormone levels as the body transitions can cause a host of unwanted symptoms, including those that affect the mouth. Any fluctuations in hormones, such as during puberty or pregnancy, can affect the gums and soft tissues that support your teeth. However, menopause can bring on more permanent changes so it is important to pay attention. The condition of your gums has a substantial effect on your oral health as well as your body health.