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.

Why Are Baby Teeth So Important?

There aren’t many things as exciting as spying the first glimpse of a baby tooth in the mouth of your child. It is one of the first and most important milestones in a young life. Every new parent waits anxiously for the first feel, and then the first sight, of a little glimpse of white to emerge through the gums.

Baby teeth are actually there, starting to grow, long before we can ever feel them. In fact, those first teeth are beginning to grow even in the womb, long before a baby is born.

Does Chewing Gum Fight Cavities and Tooth Decay?

chewing gum_oral careMost of us chew gum because it helps to freshen breath. Or we use it as a stress reliever, like a way to replace cigarettes. However, did you know that chewing gum could also help you to fight cavities and tooth decay? Some dental professionals and researchers have linked chewing gum to healthier teeth. Of course, not all gum is created equal and there are some catches to using chewing gum to prevent cavities.