Daily oral hygiene is essential, even if your teeth and gums appear clean. Plaque is always forming on the teeth as you salivate, eat, or drink. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that are detrimental to oral health. Your teeth and gums are at risk if daily brushing and flossing are not part of your hygiene regimen.
Our patients often ask about products. Dental hygiene is one of those areas where stores can sell products with ambiguous claims that are often loosely based on science. Two types of products that cause the most confusion are mouth rinse and mouthwash. What is the difference, and how do you know which will most improve your oral health?
No dentist office is complete without dental hygienists who are front-and-center in fighting the development of poor oral health. Excellent dentistry should primarily focus on preventive care. That means providing patients with the tools and education to maintain exceptional oral hygiene and health.
One fond memory that all children cherish from their childhood is that of their baby teeth and placing them under their pillow at night – so that the tooth fairy could exchange them for coins and other goodies! What a way to turn pain into joy and leave the children smiling at the end of the ordeal! However, not all children have it easy, and there may be a need for a parent to pull a child’s tooth.
When it comes to preventive oral care, nothing is as useful as regular trips to the dentist. But, during the COVID-19 pandemic, regular dental services have been delayed or canceled. Many of my patients ask what they can do to maintain healthy teeth while waiting to reschedule their regular appointments. Some have very specific concerns like home care for sensitive teeth.
In a magical world, there would be no need for preventative dentistry or comprehensive dental exams, because nothing would ever go wrong inside a person’s mouth. In fact, there would be no need for dentists at all! But we don’t live in a magical world, we live in a world where humans need to take care of their oral health or suffer the consequences. That means choosing the right dentist.
You already know that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking is the top cause of lung cancer. It also has an adverse effect on your oral health. That beautiful smile you hope for may be compromised if you are a smoker. And if you believe that vaping is a safe alternative, you may be in for a surprise.
Dental caries, or cavities, begin with a tiny hole in the tooth enamel. As time progresses, the hole becomes larger and more tooth structure becomes decayed. In the worst-case scenario, the decay progresses and attacks the nerve center of the tooth. But what causes cavities to form in the first place?
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?
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.