Looking for a new dentist is a big deal. You’re not just searching for someone to clean your teeth. The right dental practice allows you to feel comfortable and safe, whether you’re going for a routine procedure or a dental emergency. Here’s what the American Dental Association suggests you do to find the best dental fit for you and your family.
In my lifetime dentistry has evolved from a narrow focus on teeth and gums to an awareness of how dental health connects to a patient’s total health and well-being. We know, for example, that several types of cardiovascular diseases may be related to oral health. And lifestyle choices like smoking and diet are linked to tooth decay and gum disease. In my practice, I promote a comprehensive approach to dentistry that addresses the overall health status of my patients.
Does your smile look old? A smile is one of the most important parts of your face – an attractive smile gives a youthful and healthy appearance. But as we age, even the hardiest and healthiest of natural teeth will show signs of wear and tear.
A common question for dentists – Why do I have these cavities? Most people have one or two. Cavities are holes that develop on teeth as a result of decay. The truth is that while all of us are at risk, most tooth decay can be prevented. A healthy oral care routine and smart food choices can lower your risk.
Everyone knows that if you want to prevent cavities, regular brushing and flossing is essential. However, it may no longer be that simple. Today, cavities are the second most common disease – the common cold is the first. Fortunately, there are other things you can add to your brushing and flossing routine that will help prevent cavities.
Whenever I see a photo of a sports team or group of young athletes, I think about their teeth. We expect athletes to be healthy – careful about their diet and workout routines. That health and fitness regimen should include taking care of teeth and mouth every day. No matter what sport or level, athletes are at risk for injuries that often require dental treatments and surgeries. Here’s how to protect your healthy smile.
Thanks to improvements in dental care, members of the baby boom generation have a much better chance of keeping their natural teeth than previous generations. Even though, as you age the daily wear and tear on your teeth does take a toll, there is plenty you can do to maintain your healthy smile.
When dentists perform a dental exam, they look at more than the condition of your teeth and gums. Did you know that they also look for clues about your general health? There is a connection between your oral health and your overall health. Your oral health offers clues about your general health and problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body.
As a dentist AND dedicated practitioner of exercise and healthy eating, here’s what I tell all my patients. “Your lifestyle and your oral health are connected.” Men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health, and many who have gum disease don’t recognize the symptoms until their condition is serious. I want every patient – male and female – to be aware of the medical problems associated with gum disease. Here’s why:
While I am working out at the gym, I notice teeth. What I see is that some of the healthiest and fittest guys have teeth that need help. Did you know that men are far more likely than women to neglect their oral health – in some cases, for years? Lots of men don’t brush and floss on a regular basis and avoid dental visits for cleanings and exams.