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.
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.
What should you do if you’ve got a toothache? Depending on what’s causing the pain, here are some things to consider:
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.
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?
Have you lost all of your teeth? If so, you’re far from alone.
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 40 million Americans have lost all of their natural teeth, including 30% of adults between the ages of 65 and 74.
Replacing your missing teeth is very important for a number of reasons. Not only can tooth loss affect your confidence, appearance and quality of life, but it may also affect your overall health. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that “the consequences of missing teeth include significant nutritional changes” which may increase your risk of obesity and other health conditions.
In considering your tooth replacement options, have you asked your dentist about All-on-4 implants? Let’s take a look at this increasingly popular alternative to dentures.
So, what is the best toothpaste? How do you decide which one to buy?
- Are you still using the same brand you used as a child?
- Do you just go with whatever your spouse or kids are using?
- Or do you pick a different brand every time for the sake of variety?
With annual sales of about $1.5 billion, toothpaste is big business. And with so many toothpaste brands vying for your attention and your wallet, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In fact, a survey by the American Dental Association (ADA) found that 56% of consumers admit to being confused about which dental products to buy.
To help you break through the clutter, we’ve put together a list of just 3 easy tips for deciding what toothpaste is best for your oral care needs.
Top 5 Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’ve lost any teeth, or have one or more teeth in need of replacement, you may think that dentures are your only option.
But more and more people are discovering the advantages of dental implants for maintaining a healthy smile.
Let’s look at some of the benefits that have made dental implants one of the most preferred tooth replacement options today.
Once again it’s time to visit loved ones for special holiday get-togethers — from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
But how can you protect yourself from tooth decay while partaking in all those annual holiday feasts?
Who doesn’t love indulging in all that Halloween candy after an exciting night of trick-or-treating?
The frightening truth is that too much sugar can come back to haunt you in the form of tooth decay, long after the jack-o-lantern has left the front porch.
Here are five secrets for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy a few spooky treats and keep that smile sparkling.