Do your gums tend to bleed when you brush and floss your teeth? Have they begun to look swollen, or do they seem to be receding? These could be signs of gum disease. Gum disease can complicate your oral health by causing you to suffer chronic bad breath (halitosis), making your gums feel sensitive, or even by causing your gum line to recede. That recession robs your teeth of crucial support, and can cause them to become loose, or even to fall out. By preventing the progression of gum disease, you can lower your risk for suffering adult tooth loss. (more…)
By opting for water instead of a flavored beverage, you can help protect your teeth. Beverages that are higher in sugar, like soft drinks and juice, can increase your likelihood for developing a cavity. Many flavored beverages can weaken enamel due to their higher acidity, and darker liquids can cause your teeth to become discolored. The benefits of water go beyond its lack of detrimental effects on your oral health; many water sources naturally contain fluoride, which can strengthen your enamel. This can give your teeth additional defense against cavities. (more…)
If you find yourself awakening to headaches, sensitive teeth, or pain in your jaw joints, you may suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is another name for routine teeth grinding or clenching. Sufferers typically grind their teeth unconsciously, and are more prone to grinding when they sleep. Over time, bruxism can cause considerable wear and tear to your teeth. It can also be related to issues with your TMJs (temporomandibular joints), which can make jaw movements uncomfortable. If you suspect you are dealing with bruxism or TMJ dysfunction, you should meet with your dentist to seek treatment before serious complications arise. (more…)
Have you recently lost one or possibly several teeth? If so, the changes to your appearance are obvious. However, what about the changes to your oral health? Losing even a single tooth can have a major impact on your overall oral health. To save your smile you need to have a missing tooth replaced as soon as possible. Do you need a dental bridge or a dental implant?
Nearly all of us experience a toothache at some point in our lives. What causes toothaches? They are often indicators of something wrong with our smiles. Ignoring any sudden discomfort can be detrimental to your oral health. Fortunately, the dentist often has a solution to an aching tooth.
A routine visit with your dentist can give you peace of mind when it comes to the state of your oral health. Your teeth are given a thorough cleaning, and your dentist can inspect for the presence of cavities, or other health concerns. Routine checkups for children are especially important. Because children may not brush and floss as carefully as they should, they can be more vulnerable to cavities. When your child visits the dentist, they can receive fluoride treatments for their teeth, which strengthen their enamel, and can receive dental sealants, to guard against cavities. (more…)
If you have developed a cavity or your tooth has become damaged then you may require a restoration. We actually offer a number of different dental restorations, including dental crowns and fillings. If you have an issue with the structure and health of your tooth, do you need a crown or a filling? What happens if you do not seek treatment for your tooth?
Maintaining good oral hygiene offers many benefits, but even the best habits will not make your teeth invincible. If you have a tooth that has been chipped, or cracked, your dentist can restore its appearance, and treat the damaged tooth for potential infections. Bonding and contouring can cover the damage done to your tooth, so that your smile is not marred by the unsightly damage. Remember, if you feel your issue is too urgent to wait for an appointment, emergency dentistry services are available. (more…)
The good thing about most dental diseases is that they’re preventable. The bad thing is that, once they develop, the damage they cause is irreversible. In some cases, that can include the loss of one or more teeth.
For instance, gum disease is a highly-preventable condition, but due mainly to poor hygiene and neglect, it’s also the leading cause of adult tooth loss. To help preserve your smile’s health and integrity, we explain the tenets of preventing gum disease, and what to do if the disease forms in spite of your efforts. (more…)
Have you been considering making a change to your smile with the help of cosmetic treatments? Perhaps you have already received cosmetic care with a service like teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. Whatever the case, we find that patients often overlook the importance of preventive care when it comes to enjoying a beautiful smile. As a result, we encourage you to consider some important reasons to remain committed to preventive dentistry every single day.