Piercings may seem like a great way to express yourself or compliment your style, but when piercings involve your mouth, they bring serious risks to your dental health and overall health. Oral piercings can involve lip rings, tongue bars and any type of metal or jewelry pierced through the tissues of the mouth. Not only do oral piercings interfere with your everyday dental functions, but they can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Continue reading
For those that have lost all or most of their natural teeth, dentures can provide a new lease on a beautiful and functional smile. With today’s modern materials and designs, removable dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming your dentures don’t need special care. Just like your real teeth, dentures demand a certain level of cleaning and care to retain their condition. Remember that taking care of your dentures supports your oral health, which in turn protects your overall health! Continue reading
Did you know that oral cancer affects more people now than any point in history? This can largely be contributed to a recently discovered “new cause” of oral cancer and subsequent different demographic group than what we have seen in past decades.
Oral cancer can be found in any area of your oral cavity, including the tongue, cheeks, lips, sinuses, throat, teeth, gums, roof of the mouth or below your tongue. It typically presents itself as a bump, sore or lesion that does not go away on its own. Oral cancer has been linked to following “traditional” risk factors: Continue reading
Your dentures serve as your replacement set of teeth – and we know that your teeth play a significant role in your everyday life, your overall health and your self-esteem. It is understandable if you want to set the bar high in terms of your replacement teeth. If your dentures aren’t comfortable or they keep you from eating certain foods and laughing with confidence, there is something you can do about it.
Most denture woes can be traced back to one common problem with traditional dentures: stability. Traditional dentures rest on the gum line and rely on adhesive creams to keep them in place. As your gum ridge changes shape over time, your dentures can become uncomfortable or not fit like they used to. While denture relines and adjustments are always available, many denture patients may be tired of the frequent upkeep or daily ritual of using messy creams and special cleaning products to maintain their prosthetic smile. Continue reading
If you are wearing traditional braces (or even clear braces that include brackets and wires), you are well on your way to a straighter, more attractive smile. However, you are probably well aware of the inconveniences that orthodontic treatment can bring. Besides avoiding your favorite candy and popcorn and enduring the social drawbacks of wearing braces, you are also more susceptible to certain oral health conditions. When it comes to dental health risks for braces wearers, gum disease tops the list.
When we eat, a thin film of bacteria and food particles form on our teeth and gums. This is called plaque. If allowed to stay there and accumulate over time, plaque can trigger both decay and periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing is all that is needed to remove this sticky substance before it causes harm. However, a mouth full of metal brackets, bands and wires can make teeth cleaning extra difficult. Continue reading
Porcelain veneers are one of the most remarkable solutions in cosmetic dentistry. In fact, they can be considered like magic as they hide all types of smile imperfections in just two easy appointments. Veneers are wafer thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the front surface of the visible (front) teeth. They can be customized in color, shape and size to create the smile you’ve always dreamed of.
While porcelain veneers can undoubtedly be a solution for discolored, chipped or missized teeth, can they really be the answer for teeth that are crooked? Cosmetic veneers have often been called “instant orthodontics.” They can absolutely be used as a substitute for orthodontic correction – but only in the right situation. Continue reading
When it comes to adults with ear pain, it is easy to assume that the discomfort is due to an ear infection. However, ear infections are not common in adults. In most adult patients, ear pain is not related to the ear itself, rather it is connected to issues within the temporo-mandibular joint or TMJ. Because of its close proximity to the TMJ, the muscles, nerves and ligaments surrounding the ear canal and middle ear can easily be affected when the jaw joint is irritated. This can result in ear pain that comes and goes as well as radiating discomfort that lingers all day. In most cases, hearing is not impacted, but TMJ-related ear pain is most often worse at night or immediately upon waking. It may also flare up when you yawn or eat. Continue reading
Back-to-school season is upon us. As you scurry around to purchase school supplies and new outfits, don’t forget to prepare your child for optimal oral health. Did you know that poor oral health is a leading reason why kids miss school or fail to perform well? As a parent, there are things you can do to ensure that the condition of your child’s teeth doesn’t threaten their success at school this year. Continue reading
When it comes to straightening your teeth with Invisalign, the cosmetic appeal of wearing clear aligners versus metal brackets is certainly one of the most notable advantages. However, its removable design is a benefit that both patients and dentists appreciate. While it is convenient to be able to remove the Invisalign aligners for eating a meal or enjoying a special event, it is equally valued when it comes to removing them for brushing and flossing. Continue reading
Most dental issues can be avoided with diligent oral hygiene and routine dental visits. However, not all dental issues are preventable. Just like any part of the body, your smile can suffer unexpected trauma. While never welcome, dental emergencies can and do occur. Do you know what to do if you or your child experiences a dental emergency?
Never ignore an urgent dental concern. While you may think you are fine to push through a toothache or wait until your next dental appointment to address a chipped tooth, you may be setting yourself up for worsening pain and more invasive (and costly) treatment. Always seek emergency dental care promptly! Continue reading