Category Archives: Oral Health

When Will I Know That I Need To See A Periodontist?

visiting a periodontistMany people stand the risk of getting gum disease because of poor oral hygiene. Consequently, they might need to visit a periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Most dentists can routinely treat a mild type of gum disease. However, if the gum disease is progressed to a complicated state, most dentists prefer that the patient see a specialist for an in-depth assessment. A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum diseases such as periodontitis and gingivitis. Some of the services a periodontist offer include: tooth extraction; deep gum cleaning; placement of implants, root therapy; cosmetic dental procedures and any type of surgery to the jaw bone. Continue reading

Beating Dental Fear And Anxiety

Fear of having dental checkupHow to Manage Fear and Anxiety at the Dentist

Unfortunately, there is no getting past proper dental care by a specialist. However, what is not noticed by many is that a great deal of individuals suffer from anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. What is usually a simple procedure for most people is regarded as a nightmare to others. Luckily, there are strategies that both the patient and the dentist can undertake to create a more relaxing environment to ease the patient’s fear and anxiety. Continue reading

Understanding Caries, Cavities and Decay

kids with dental cavities and decayGood dental hygiene is important to keep teeth whole and healthy. The idea is to prevent dental caries. Caries is the disease that leads to tooth decay and cavities. That is simple enough to say, but what are caries, tooth decay, and cavities? What do they do to your teeth, and how are they prevented? Here is a look at what they are and how they are related.

What Is Caries

Caries is a disease process. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in the food you eat and produce acids that leach minerals from your teeth. As the mineral levels in the tooth decrease, a white patch appears where the tooth enamel is getting weaker. Continue reading

4 Ways to Help Kids Develop Good Dental Hygiene Habits

Colorful toothbrush and paste holderHow many of us have heard that ‘too much sugar will rot your teeth’ while growing up?  It’s one of the most common phrases uttered by parents to deter their kids from sucking on sweets and sipping sugary juices all day. And while reducing sugar intake definitely helps prevent tooth decay, it is not merely enough to help kids develop good dental hygiene habits.

Here are 5 ways you can help your kid develop healthy habits for taking care of their teeth! Continue reading

What Is The Gum Disease?

Gum diseaseThe mouth is an amazing microcosm of bacteria living among the oral tissues. Most of the time the bacteria work in benign harmony with the tissues of the mouth but sometimes that harmony is disrupted by the sour note that is periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses several different conditions that affect the areas around the teeth. The term comes from the Latin word “peri”, meaning around and the Greek word “odont”, meaning tooth. The term used to describe the study of the teeth and the supporting structures around them is called Periodotology. The dental specialty dedicated to the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease is called Periodontics. Continue reading

The Benefits Of Brushing Teeth In The Body

Brushing TeethA bright shining smile is one of the first things we notice about another person. Those gleaming white teeth are the highlight of a smile. Of course, everyone knows that proper dental hygiene is the first step to a beautiful smile. Many people do not know that dental hygiene also plays a pivotal role in the function of almost every other system in the human body. Dental hygiene refers to the overall health and care of the mouth including the teeth, tongue and the gums. Maintaining good dental hygiene is a crucial step in maintaining complete body health. Continue reading

Learning Gum Diseases

The mouth is an amazing microcosm of bacteria living among the oral tissues. Most of the time the bacteria work in benign harmony with the tissues of the mouth but sometimes that harmony is disrupted by the sour note that is periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses several different conditions that affect the areas around the teeth. The term comes from the Latin word “peri”, meaning around and the Greek word “odont”, meaning tooth. The term used to describe the study of the teeth and the supporting structures around them is called Periodotology. The dental specialty dedicated to the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease is called Periodontics. Continue reading

The Benefits In Brushing Your Teeth

A bright shining smile is one of the first things we notice about another person. Those gleaming white teeth are the highlight of a smile. Of course, everyone knows that proper dental hygiene is the first step to a beautiful smile. Many people do not know that dental hygiene also plays a pivotal role in the function of almost every other system in the human body. Dental hygiene refers to the overall health and care of the mouth including the teeth, tongue and the gums. Maintaining good dental hygiene is a crucial step in maintaining complete body health. Continue reading

Tips On How To Avoid Teeth Grinding

We all know the basics of taking care of our teeth is combined with brushing and flossing, avoiding hard foods, and staying away from lots of acid to keep tooth enamel strong. One of the biggest issues many of us have that we do not even notice is grinding. Teeth grinding can ruin your teeth, and lots of people do it in their sleep without knowing!

Bruxism

is another common name for teeth grinding. Besides becoming extremely painful, if left untreated for too long it can lead to more serious issues. A few signs that can diagnose Bruxism include headaches, waking up with chips in your teeth, or jaw pain. There is no immediate known cause for Bruxism but things like anxiety and stress may increase your chances of suffering from this nighttime ailment. Continue reading

Composite Fillings

One of the most common dental conditions is tooth decay. Dental fillings are the most popular restorative dentistry procedures performed in our office every year. Patients of all ages are subject to tooth decay. The good news is that unattractive metal amalgam fillings are a thing of the past.

Amalgam fillings were the only option for repairing tooth decay years ago. Amalgam fillings could not adjust themselves to changes in temperatures and other conditions, they would move and eventually break within teeth over a number of months or years. This caused the fillings to fall out, or even worse, for teeth to crack. Continue reading