Patients frequently ask about wisdom teeth. It seems like the only time anyone notices those four extra molars is when they are causing trouble. When suffering from wisdom teeth pain, most people wonder why they even have them. Here are some of my answers as to why we have them, what they do, and how did they get that name?
As a dentist, I want to weigh in on smoking. The fight against Big Tobacco has been going on for decades. The children who were being targeted by the Marlboro Man, Joe the Camel, and other attractive commercial personalities are now middle-aged adults. E-cigs and vaping have replaced the harmful tobacco smoke inhaled by millions, but are they safer?
Teeth grinding, or bruxism affects tens of millions of adults and children every day. Most children outgrow the habit. Some adults experience bruxism only occasionally, but for many, it is a chronic problem that can wreak havoc on your teeth. Those who grind their teeth may not be aware of the practice unless someone mentions it, or they begin to have symptoms. And some symptoms can be severe.
November is American Diabetes Awareness Month. If you have diabetes, you know that high levels of blood sugar can stress your entire body. Your teeth and gums are no exceptions – gum disease is the most common dental problem affecting people who live with diabetes.
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.
Do you need lots of dental work? Does thinking about the multiple appointments required for your extensive dental treatment lead to discouragement. Consider this. All that dental work doesn’t have to be done one tooth at a time. Quadrant dentistry is a new approach to comprehensive dental work that can save time, money and discomfort.
Halloween is all about costumes and treats, and fun. But when those trick-or-treat bags come home, often the “sugar wars” begin. All that candy to be eaten! How do parents set limits? Is it OK to let the kids splurge on their collected loot? Children’s dental care is on the minds of us all at this time of year.
Did you know that you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes? That’s right-120 seconds or 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth. Many of my patients want to maintain a healthy smile through good oral hygiene – brushing. So, I get lots of questions about how to pick the right toothbrush.
Did you know that dental plaque – a sticky substance made of bacteria, mucus, and food – is continually forming on our teeth? It’s that slimy coating that you can feel by running your tongue over the front of your teeth. If you don’t remove it with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, it can damage your teeth and gums.
Does taking a breath of the cold air through your mouth makes your teeth hurt? Do cold beverages or food give your teeth a sharp ache? Maybe even foods that are sweet or sour are a problem. If any of these situations apply, you probably have sensitive teeth.