You may be happy with the way your teeth look and think you don’t need braces. Or perhaps you’ve just decided it’s okay to live with crooked teeth.More
You may have heard of sugar substitutes before, but do you know how they can impact your dental health? Xylitol is one of the sugar substitutes that could be keeping your smile at its best. Keep reading to find out how xylitol can benefit your teeth.More
If you have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, you are hardly alone.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost half of American adults, and nearly 65 million of those over 30, have some form of gum disease. In its earliest stage, known as gingivitis, gum disease begins as an inflammation, and can progress to include the risk of tooth loss.More
Bottled water is incredibly convenient and keeps you hydrated while on-the-go, but is it good for your teeth? When it comes to drinking bottled water, you may be doing more harm than good on your enamel.
Learn how the pH of your bottled water might be working to damage your teeth.More
Who doesn’t love that clean, refreshing feeling that mouthwash gives you?
Choosing a healthy mouthwash or mouth rinse can be a good addition to your oral care plan. It can help to loosen debris or plaque from around your teeth and gums.
However, so can swishing with plain water. Also keep in mind that mouthwash is not a substitute for your regular routine of brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting your dentist twice a year.
It’s also important to make sure you’re choosing a product that doesn’t do more harm than good.
Watch out for mouthwash with alcohol, which can dry out your mouth and may increase risk of tooth decay. In addition, an alcohol free mouthwash may be less likely to increase the acidity in your mouth.More
What’s the Relationship Between Periodontal Disease and Systemic Disease?
You may already know that periodontal disease — also called gum disease — can be a serious problem for your oral health.
Gum disease begins when hard plaque builds up on the gum line. If this plaque isn’t removed, it will lead to gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease. Over time, untreated gum disease can increase your risk of tooth loss.
But how does gum disease affect your overall health? Are people with some medical conditions at special risk?
Let’s take a look at the relationship between periodontal disease and your systemic health. It’s just another reason why it’s so important to maintain healthy gums.More
You may already see your dentist for regular checkups, but what if something happens to your teeth in between visits?
A dental emergency involves an injury to the mouth or face that affects your teeth.
So what should you do if you have a dental emergency? Here are 7 tips to keep in mind.More
What should you do if you’ve got a toothache? Depending on what’s causing the pain, here are some things to consider:More
If you’ve recently had your braces removed, your dentist may have prescribed a retainer.
A retainer simply helps your teeth stay in the correct position after treatment with braces. Your dentist will determine exactly how long you’ll need a retainer — you should expect to wear them for a year or longer.
Unfortunately, bacteria can grow on your retainer, which may lead to things like tooth decay or gum disease.More
In its efforts to encourage good oral hygiene for kids, the ADA recently highlighted the theme of “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile,” along with encouraging kids to brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes.
Why are these habits so important for avoiding tooth decay in children?More