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?
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.
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.
I have patients who experience gum recession. It’s not uncommon – about 50% of adults deal with some amount of receding gums and the possibility of sensitivity and decay. Unfortunately, even beautiful restorations and crowns are affected, and many people are left with an older–looking and unattractive smile.
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. Some of the healthiest and fittest guys are guilty.
A perfect smile is accentuated by a perfect set of teeth – pearly white, well-shaped, and properly spaced. It’s what we all want. But we’re not always fortunate enough to be gifted by such perfection. The answer to help one achieve that perfection is often braces. Though common, braces need to be thoroughly understood in order to best utilize and benefit from them.
When parents teach their children to brush and floss on a regular basis, those kids are on their way to healthy teeth. Summer is the perfect time to teach them another habit – healthy snacking. With all the fresh fruit and vegetables available, children learn to substitute healthy snacks for candy and other sugary options.
Have you ever woke up with a slight irritation or pain in your throat? Well, these could be the telltale signs of a possible infection like flu or strep throat. Before we jump the gun and scavenge for heavy pharmaceutical medicines, we should consider following the age-old prescription of gargling and rinsing the mouth with saltwater.
You can brush and floss all you want, but if you don’t maintain a proper diet, your teeth may still suffer. What does that mean? One recommendation is that processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. They are bad for a healthy smile, but they also contribute to a number of general health problems.