Practicing Good Oral Hygiene at Home

Good habits and practices start at home — this is undeniably true when it comes to oral hygiene. Achieving impressive oral health takes more than just a simple everyday brushing of teeth. Even if your teeth look nice on the outside, you still have to take the necessary steps in taking good care of teeth as well as your gums to avoid oral health problems.

The effects of not having good oral hygiene and practice at home will reflect on the person’s physical appearance. Here are some of the most important oral care habits that you can practice at your own home:

Ways To Stop Clenching Your Teeth

Do you sometimes wake up in the morning and get a sore jaw or neck pain? Perhaps you didn’t sleep in a good position at night or, there is a possibility that you are clenching your teeth when you are sleeping. Teeth clenching or teeth grinding is a condition called bruxism. Bruxism occurs when you unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake or even when you are asleep. 

Bruxism may seem common and most people assume immediately that there is nothing more than minor discomfort. Well, it can be but grinding your teeth on a regular basis is not a good sign at all. People suffering from bruxism may be required to wear mouth guards as they have a higher risk of tooth cracking and bone loss around the root of the teeth. Bruxism can be caused by several things such as stress, medications, family history and age (they are usually common in young children).

5 Signs You Have Gum Disease

dentist_gum diseaseMany people are focused on keeping their teeth healthy and clean but neglect the health of their gums. Did you know that almost half of the American adults have periodontitis? The risk increases to 70.1% as the person reaches 65 years and older. Gum disease is also a common type of mouth disease and worse, they are often painless, making it less noticeable. In fact, you might already be suffering from gum disease and you still don’t know it. So, what is gum disease? It occurs when the gums of the mouth are infected; which can affect the bone supporting the teeth if treatment is delayed. There are three stages starting from gingivitis, periodontitis and the worst stage called advanced periodontitis. 

Tips On Selecting The Right Toothbrush

toothbrushTo take care of your teeth, you need to have the proper toothbrush. So, how do you choose your toothbrush? Do you choose it according to the handle’s color? Or do you always on the lookout for a sale and buy it instantly? All of these can get you a new toothbrush but to get the right one, there are things you need to consider.

Who Is A Candidate For Invisalign?

clear_aligners_invisalignDental braces are devices used to align and straighten teeth. It positions the teeth in regard to a person’s bite. It also aims to improve a person’s dental health. Braces works but some people are hesitant to get braces because it uses bands, wires and other fixed appliances that can be seen directly. We want to fix our crooked teeth or improve our dental health but in a more discreet way if possible. Invisalign dental aligners allow you to do just that.

Acid Erosion

soda_acidity_dental_careI’m sure you are aware that certain foods and beverages are more acidic than others.  Do you know what they are?  Citrus fruits and carbonated beverages are at the top of the list, but tomatoes and pickled vegetables are also culprits.  Have you heard about how soda can clean a battery because of the acidity?  Can you imagine what is happening to your teeth?

Crown Lengthening to Boost Confidence

If you have what is known as a “gummy smile” (the appearance of excess gums), your confidence may benefit from crown lengthening. Oftentimes, people who have prominent gingiva display are less likely to smile, laugh, and talk in public. Some are embarrassed by excess gums. A simple procedure such as crown lengthening can help those people to feel less anxious about their mouth in public settings.

5 Problems Caused By Wisdom Teeth

wisdom tooth painWisdom teeth are a nuisance to some, and a complete mystery for others. When it comes to removing wisdom teeth, there are some very common and blatant signs to look out for such as toothaches or swollen red gums. However, there are several other potential problems that your wisdom teeth could be causing that you might not even be aware of! Here are 5 other problems caused by wisdom tooth complications.

The Consequences of Missing Teeth

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You know that having a missing tooth or missing teeth can affect the aesthetics of your smile. However, unfortunately, there are other consequences of missing teeth that you may or may not have thought of. Your speech could be affected, as could your ability to chew properly. Your entire facial structure could be compromised by missing some of your teeth as well. In some cases the consequences of having missing teeth are exactly what could qualify you to have the problem remedied by your insurance provider for little cost to you. If the consequences of missing teeth are greatly affecting you, you should speak to your dentist immediately to learn your options.

Are Your Teeth Causing Your Migraines?

Do you suffer from headaches? Have you ever thought your teeth or dental condition could be causing your head pain? Headaches are the number one source of pain for us here in the United States, and most people want to immediately believe there is a much bigger problem when the problem actually could be stemming from your mouth.

How are headaches related to dental problems? There are several ways in which your mouth, teeth, and jaws play a role in creating headaches. Once you’ve identified the type of dental problem that’s responsible for your frequent headaches, you can work with your dentist on correcting the issue to relieve you of your head pain.