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Will Teeth Cleaning Remove Stains?

Your dental check-up is part of your routine, isn’t it? It’s every six months, with the appointment made right before you head out the door at the end of your last visit. Your teeth have been cleaned and polished; they feel fantastic and they look much better than when you came in. But what, exactly, does a cleaning accomplish? Can a professional dental cleaning get rid of stains? And if not, what can?

What defines a professional teeth cleaning?

For many people, the most obvious part of a semiannual dental check-up is the teeth cleaning. It leaves your whole mouth feeling fresh and revived. But what exactly does the cleaning do? 

Much more thorough than the brushing and flossing you do at home, a dental teeth cleaning – or dental prophylaxis – is a professional dental procedure that removes plaque, stains, and calculus (also known as tartar) that have built up above your gum line. Your hygienist uses specific tools to scrape away these deposits, either hand tools – the scrapers and picks you’re likely familiar with – or, if needed, an electronic device called an ultrasonic scaler for deeper stains or discolorations. Once your teeth are clean, they’re polished with a prophylaxis paste specifically formulated for this use. 

Will a teeth cleaning get rid of stains on my teeth?

A professional dental cleaning will remove the surface build-up of plaque and tartar, as well as some fresh stains that are not yet deep into your teeth. Such a cleaning is typically performed on healthy adult teeth that show no bone loss or infection, and that do not have periodontal disease. 

As for stains, your twice-yearly teeth cleaning will make your teeth cleaner and brighter overall, but may not be able to eliminate all stains. However, they do help make teeth less prone to staining. Keeping your tooth enamel clean mitigates the effects of such stain producers as tobacco, wine, coffee, and tea. A professional cleaning by your dentist also works against gum disease and tooth decay and helps to make your teeth stronger and more resilient. It gives you a brighter smile, too! (Check out our free Smile Consultation!)

What causes stains on my teeth?

It depends on the stain. There are three basic types of stains on teeth —extrinsic, intrinsic, and age-related.

Extrinsic stains 

Extrinsic stains are the most obvious stains – the ones you see whenever you look in a mirror. Extrinsic stains are only on the enamel surface of your teeth – the hard shell outside layer that protects the other interior layers. Tooth enamel is constantly exposed to things you put in your mouth and it absorbs the color residue. Coffee, tea, and red wine are the biggest culprits, but berries and curries can cause staining as well. Luckily, these stains don’t go below the enamel to the inner part of the tooth, so they’re the easiest to remove!

Intrinsic stains

Intrinsic stains are stains that have moved into the dentin, the sensitive tooth layer that’s just under the enamel. Dentin, which is naturally yellowish and darker than the tooth’s surface, can be stained if it is exposed to what you eat or drink, which happens when tooth enamel wears down. This can be caused by injury to your teeth or if you were given certain antibiotics as a child. Because these stains are inside your teeth, they’re harder to remove than the extrinsic stains on a tooth’s surface. 

Age-related stains

This is just what it sounds like – discoloration that is a normal consequence of your teeth getting older. As we age, the enamel on our teeth wears down and the dentin – the part below the enamel – becomes darker. This type of discoloration is not caused by what you eat or drink. While the change in your teeth as you age is normal, its effects may not be to your liking. 

Are there other ways to get stains off my teeth?

There are, but be cautious. In your favorite grocery store or drugstore, you’ll find toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth over time when used regularly. These can be hard on your tooth enamel and may take weeks – or even months – to produce visible results. Also available are packaged whitening kits to use at home. Of course, with these off-the-rack kits, you can’t control the level of chemicals, and the trays are not made to fit your teeth. You may see some minor improvement, but the results may not last, and improper usage can damage your gums. 

The best way to remove stains from your teeth – any kind of stain – is with a professional whitening treatment. During a whitening treatment at your dentist’s office, your teeth will be treated with a solution that contains peroxide. Peroxide penetrates the enamel of your teeth, causing oxidation, which makes the molecules inside your teeth reflect less light. Your teeth appear colorless and this provides the white effect you are seeking. 

by Westerville Dental Associates

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Rotten Teeth? Try These Five Ways To Fix Them!

Tooth decay is a common dental issue. But it’s easily preventable and fixable if you take the right care!

Nobody wants rotten teeth! Whether called tooth decay, cavities, or dental caries, rotten teeth cause pain and difficulty eating or drinking. Cavities grow when bacteria breeds in your mouth from sugary or starchy foods. As the bacteria multiplies, it creates a layer of sticky plaque that erodes the tooth enamel. The bacteria and sugar also form acids that bore into the tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. If the decay reaches into the softer dentin inside the tooth, the decay can progress to an infection within the tooth pulp.

In the early stages, you may not see or feel any effects from tooth decay. But as it advances, toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and pain when you bite hard into food will indicate you have a rotten tooth. You may also see holes or discolorations on the tooth surface. Fortunately, rotten teeth — even in the latter stages — can be repaired. A dentist at Espire Dental can discuss all options with you, but these are the most common methods to treat tooth decay.

Five Ways to Repair Rotten Teeth

Early detection is the best way to stop tooth decay in its tracks. If your dentist spots decay in its earliest form, they can spread a fluoride liquid, gel, foam, or varnish over the tooth. These treatments contain more fluoride than what is found in toothpaste and can prevent the decay from spreading further into the tooth enamel. If the decay is more advanced, you may need more extensive therapy, like these five methods:

Fillings. The most frequent treatment for cavities, fillings replace the decayed portion of the tooth with either silver amalgam, composite resin, or porcelain material. Silver amalgam is cheaper and durable, but it’s more visible. Composite resin or porcelain can blend in with the tooth color.

Crowns. In some instances, the decay has worn away most of the tooth. Your dentist will need to remove the decay, leaving behind enough of the tooth to affix a crown. The crown is usually made of gold, porcelain, resin, porcelain fused to metal, or other materials for a strong fit.

Root Canal. Once the decay has infected the root of the tooth, your only option may be a root canal. In this procedure, the decayed root is removed and replaced with a filling and medication to clear any infection. A crown is then secured over the root canal.

Extractions. If the tooth is severely damaged or decayed, it may need to be extracted to prevent the decay and infection from spreading to the gums.

Dentures/Implants. A pulled tooth can leave a noticeable gap in your mouth,  but the missing tooth or teeth can be replaced with full or partial dentures, or dental implants that secure an artificial tooth to your bones. Dentures and implants have both pros and cons in regards to cost, durability, and comfort. An Espire dentist can explain both options with you.

Preventing Tooth Decay

The best way to avoid costly and uncomfortable dental procedures is to prevent decay in the first place. A good start would be to follow these oral health guidelines:

Avoid Sugars and Starches. Sugar and starches supercharge bacteria growth in your mouth. Although it’s hard to resist sweets, limit your sugar intake by avoiding sugar-laden drinks and treats. Be aware that some fruits may be high in sugar content, so manage your consumption of those fruits, as well. On the other hand, drinking water boosts saliva in the mouth, which in turn can wash away bacteria.

Practice Oral Hygiene Daily. Brushing after meals or at least twice daily cuts down on the amount of bacteria in the mouth (until you can get a professional teeth cleaning). Use a toothpaste with fluoride. Flossing once a day also cleans bacteria from the crevices between teeth. And if you are at higher risk for cavities, rinse with a fluoride-rich mouthwash.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly. A twice-yearly visit to the dentist for an exam and cleaning can ward off decay or treat it in its earliest stages. Tooth decay is always easier to treat and cure when caught early!

by Espire Dental

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Six Warning Signs that Your Mouth Isn’t Healthy

Do you have a feeling that your mouth isn’t healthy? Experiencing problems with your teeth, gums or tongue is common. The goal is to have a healthy mouth and fix dental issues.

Having a healthy mouth is essential to your overall health. It makes it easier to eat and enjoy food, ensures you don’t experience mouth pain, and even has positive benefits for your overall health. Despite this, many people live with warning signs that their mouth isn’t healthy, and yet, do nothing about it.

So join us as we explore 6 different warning signs that your mouth isn’t healthy. Not only that, but we’ll look at their causes and explain why it is so important to treat these warning signs and not ignore them.

Bleeding Gums

One of the primary warning signs that your mouth isn’t healthy is bleeding. Imagine if every time you washed your hands, they bled. Or, what if your head started to bleed after you applied shampoo? You would immediately call the doctor, right?

And yet, many people experience bleeding gums when they brush or floss their teeth, and then never do anything about it.

Bleeding gums is a sign of inflammation, which underlies most diseases that occur in your mouth.

Gum disease, like gingivitis or periodontitis, can cause serious problems in your mouth, such as

Persistent bad breath,

Teeth can become loose and fall out, and

Overly sensitive to hot and cold.

Not only that, but gum disease can affect your overall health and has been linked to diabetes and heart disease.

When your mouth isn’t healthy, it could also be a warning sign for your overall health, and therefore it’s important to visit the dentist when your gums bleed.

At your appointment Dr. Forester will speak with you about your symptoms or dental issues. He will discuss treatment options to treat and fix bleeding gums.


Pain is an obvious way to recognize that your mouth isn’t healthy. If something hurts, your body is saying that something is wrong.

Unfortunately, mouth pain doesn’t always come until it is too late for simple fixes.

In other words, the longer you wait to address the pain, the harder it will be to fix it.

A much better approach is prevention– to visit the dentist on a regular basis (the average person is about every 6 months) for a cleaning and checkup. Some patients may need to go to the dentist more frequently than 2 times per year.

That way, if your mouth starts to show signs of being unhealthy, we can make easier and quicker corrections before the pain begins.

Broken or Uneven Teeth

Despite what you might have experienced with your parents or grandparents, teeth should last a lifetime. If you have broken or uneven teeth, you should definitely visit your dentist.

You may be tempted to think the damage is already done and nothing more can happen, or you might not care about the way uneven teeth look, but these things need to be addressed.

Broken or uneven teeth could be a sign of occlusal disease, grinding, clenching, GERD, eating disorders, or other issues.

Rather than just repair the chipped tooth, here at Lifetime Smiles we want to identify and address the root cause of the problem. By correcting this, we can help ensure a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Forester will speak with you about the dental issues you’re experiencing. He will discuss treatment options to fix broken or uneven teeth.

You’re in excellent with Dr. Forester and his friendly, compassionate team.

Bad Breath

Do you avoid talking directly to people because you fear they will smell your chronically bad breath? It could be a sign that your mouth is not healthy.

Bad breath is typically caused by bacteria in the mouth, and could be a sign that you have periodontal (gum) disease.

There are other common causes for bad breath as well, such as your diet or even health issues in the rest of your body.

Whatever the cause, a visit to our dentist can help clear things up. Not only can you prevent gum disease from becoming too serious, but you’ll also be able to speak to people face to face again!

If it’s time to finally fix your bad breath once and for all, call Dr. Forester at Lifetime Smiles in Johns Creek.

Dry Mouth

Your mouth constantly produces saliva, and while that might sound gross, it’s actually important for a healthy mouth.

Dry mouth is often caused by a disease or medications, and while it might only feel inconvenient, it also has negative affects on your oral health. A dry mouth is more acidic and prone to decay, which means you’re at greater risk of cavities or teeth loss.

If you’re experiencing a dry mouth, you might notice your lips cracking, sores forming at the corners of your mouth, your tongue becoming rough and dry, and difficulty swallowing and talking. Even food can begin to lose its taste!

Talk to our dentist about options to protect your smile, and improve the way you eat, speak, and swallow.

by Dr. James Forester

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Can a Dry Mouth Cause Cavities?

Dry mouth is also known as xerostomia, and this happens when the salivary glands do not produce enough saliva in the mouth. In some cases, dry mouth is temporary, and can be caused by dehydration. In other cases, dry mouth is a chronic problem, and many struggle with this issue. Dry mouth can be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, or can be caused by an infected salivary gland.

When we do not have enough saliva production this can cause oral health issues. Saliva plays an important role in our oral health, and helps to protect our teeth and gums from acids or erosion. The saliva washes away bacteria or food, and keeps our teeth and mouth healthy.

What Issues Can Dry Mouth Cause?

Dry mouth can cause many issues including gum disease, tooth decay, staining, and erosion of enamel. When bacteria are not washed away, and plaque and tartar collect, this can cause gum disease, and in turn this increases the risk of tooth decay and cavities. If not treated gum disease can cause tooth deterioration, or even tooth loss.

When your saliva production is low the bacteria and acids stay on your teeth longer, and this can lead to tooth decay or enamel erosion. If the acid and plaque levels are high, your teeth can become discolored or stained. It is always important to attend your regular dental exams and cleaning appointments to ensure your teeth and mouth are healthy, and do not have any decay.

How Can I Treat Dry Mouth?

The good news is there are ways to treat dry mouth and restore the health of your teeth and gums. Depending on the level of damage will determine what treatment is required. Restoration options include fillings, crowns, or gum treatments.

Tips To Prevent Dry Mouth

Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water

Use an over-the-counter saliva treatment or substitute

Use a humidifier while sleeping to increase moisture in the air

Chew sugar-free gum to help saliva production

Stay on top of your oral health routine, and brush and floss daily to prevent plaque and bacteria buildup

by Strive Dental Studio

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Seven Tips To Help You Keep Your Teeth After 30

Aging brings new experiences — and new responsibilities. Metabolism slows, gray hairs sprout and health problems arise more often. While it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself, those over the age of 30 must pay special attention to maintaining healthy habits. Oral health and hygiene is no exception.

Teeth not only serve an important function in daily life; they reflect your overall health.

If you’re concerned about protecting and keeping your teeth, here are seven ways to make oral health a priority.

Stop using tobacco in all forms

Smoking or chewing tobacco can have detrimental effects on health and appearance. Smoking is definitively linked to lung cancer and increases the chances of periodontal or gum disease. Puffing away also stains teeth, causes bad breath and can dull the senses of smell and taste. Smokeless tobacco isn’t any better: It’s linked to cancers of the mouth, tongue, cheek, gums, throat and pancreas.

Professional cleanings make a huge difference

It’s good to brush and floss twice a day, and many people do so. But brushing and flossing do not replace a complete cleaning and examination by a dental professional.

Dentists and dental hygienists can spot early signs of disease and have access to tools and training that are not available to the layperson. Professional cleanings also remove tartar and plaque that cannot be removed with a toothbrush.

Wait 30 minutes before brushing

Enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth and protects against decay. Acid found in citrus and other foods weakens enamel. Brushing teeth during this weakened state can cause further damage and leave teeth vulnerable.

Instead of brushing right after a meal, dentists recommend you drink water and allow time for acids to neutralize. However, don’t skip brushing. Prolonged exposure to some foods and drinks, such as those high in carbohydrates and sugar, can be damaging, so brush at least twice a day.

Overcome fear of the dental chair

Anxiety surrounding a visit to the dentist can be overwhelming and cause people to avoid getting the care they need. Patients with anxiety can start taking steps to overcome this fear by finding a dentist that fits their needs and personality. They can make an appointment to meet the dentist and the staff to get a feel for the surroundings before starting treatment.

The right dentist will understand and help anxious patients put their health first and leave the dentist chair smiling with confidence.

Use oral hygiene products with fluoride

Tooth enamel is made up of minerals that can be stripped throughout the day by contact with food and drink. In addition, enamel demineralizes as we age. Make sure your toothpaste and mouthrinse includes fluoride as an ingredient.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can help strengthen and protect the enamel layer and sometimes reverse signs of early decay.

Eat a healthy diet

Diet affects every aspect of health. It’s important to avoid excessive consumption of sugary foods and drinks that attract bacteria, cause plaque and invite disease. Too many acidic food items can also weaken the enamel and leave teeth more open to attack.

An ideal diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetables rich in important vitamins and minerals that help the human body function at its best.

Make your next appointment today

Appointments are tempting to put off, but tooth decay and gum disease never sleep. Regular visits lower the chances of developing gum disease and give your dentist or hygienist the opportunity to look for cavities and check for signs of cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat, face and neck.

Though the common dental visit frequency is every six months, the American Dental Association recommends that your doctor tailor your frequency based on your current oral health status and health history.

As people age, tooth enamel wears, gum tissue recedes and the likelihood of disease increases. Developing good habits and establishing a relationship with a dental professional can go a long way toward preventing tooth loss and maintaining a healthy mouth.

by Herald Square Dental

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What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix?

Have you ever heard the saying: “Look good, feel good, play good?” There’s some truth to that. A misshapen, discolored, or damaged smile can be a major confidence killer for some individuals — and it’s tough to function at peak efficiency if you’re constantly worried about the way your teeth look. Fortunately, the smile you deserve can be obtained through cosmetic dentistry.

With the help of veneers, crowns, bonding, whitening, fillings, crowns, and other procedures, you can correct the following cosmetic dental issues:

8 Issues That Can Be Corrected With Cosmetic Dentistry

Gaps Between Teeth

Gaps in your smile can be easily corrected with porcelain veneers or a simple bonding procedure. Cosmetic bonding is the quicker and more affordable choice, and the process often requires just one trip to the dentist. Veneers will last longer, however, so your ideal solution will depend on a number of factors, which you should discuss with your dentist. 

Stains & Discoloration

If your smile’s brightness is fading due to the ebbs and flows of daily life, you can make it four to eight shades brighter with the help of our two-step whitening system. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: A dentist takes an impression of your teeth to make a customized, reusable whitening tray. 

Step 2: Fill the tray with whitening gel and apply to your teeth for a short time period each day.

A few days of this is all you need to rejuvenate the color of your teeth. Let us know if you need a deep dental cleaning near Tysons Corner, Ballston, or anywhere else close to Arlington, VA!

Misshapen Teeth

A dentist can correct misshapen teeth with one of various cosmetic procedures, depending on your specific circumstances. Here are some of the most common methods dentists use to correct misshapen teeth:




Inlays & Onlays

No two mouths are the same, so your ideal solution may differ from other individuals. Let us know if you have questions about any of these procedures. 

Chips & Cracks

A noticeably cracked or chipped tooth doesn’t just look bad — it can hurt pretty bad, too! You can fix teeth that are chipped and/or cracked with the help of fillings, porcelain veneers, or cosmetic bonding. However, severely damaged teeth may require treatment that falls outside of the scope of cosmetic dentistry (we can help with that too).

Irregularly Sized Teeth

A smile that lacks consistency in regards to tooth size can be corrected with the help of veneers. Additionally, a dentist can change the shape and size of your teeth by removing small amounts of enamel during a procedure known as contouring, which is commonly combined with cosmetic bonding to produce the desired results.  


Crowding is a dental problem that many individuals correct with braces, but veneers can be used in cases where the crowding is mild. Crowns are another option to consider. However, neither of these options actually straighten your original teeth — they simply make your teeth appear straighter by removing enamel from select areas and covering up or removing crooked parts. 

Tooth Decay

If you are experiencing tooth decay or cavities, you can correct the problem with fillings, crowns, and/or cosmetic bonding. Like other procedures, the best solution for your particular case of tooth decay may vary depending on your circumstances. Be sure to discuss the issue (where it hurts, potential causes of decay, etc.) in depth with your dentist!

Minor Bite Problems

Individuals with minor bite issues (overbite, open bite, crossbite, etc.) can sometimes correct the problem with cosmetic dentistry. But orthodontic services are usually required for fixing mild-to-severe bite problems. If you have a bite problem and you are unsure about its severity, just ask one of our dental experts for help!

by Bloom Dental Farlington

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Five Helpful Questions To Aks Your Dentist

Being prepared for your next dentist appointment will help you get all the information you need to improve your oral health, and be happy about your decision to see your dentist regularly. Make the most of your next dental exam by coming prepared with a list of questions to ask your dentist. Chances are, you’ll learn a lot about oral health and the specific problems in your mouth along the way.


Many patients will wait for their dentist to tell them the condition of their mouth. Instead, take the initiative by asking your dentist just how healthy your mouth is, and what types of problems they believe will need treatment in the near future. By asking this question, you can get a general idea of the future procedures you’ll need in the years to come.


Dentists love when you ask this question, because it shows you’re taking accountability for your own oral health. Because tooth cleanings are only intended to support at-home dental hygiene practices, staying educated on the best way to improve your oral health is critical for keeping your teeth healthy over the long term.


Although they aren’t necessary from a medical standpoint, cosmetic dental treatments can make a world of difference for your personal self-image and the way others perceive you. If your teeth are causing you embarrassment or social scrutiny, ask your dentist about cosmetic or restorative treatments.


Many dentists offer special treatment plans to help their patients take control of their overall oral health without paying large amounts of fees out of pocket. The next time you go in for a tooth cleaning, ask your dentist what kind of treatment plans they offer. Occasionally, these plans will come in the form of Care Credit Financing


All too often, people wait for pain and discomfort to set in before seeking treatment. Because many forms of tooth decay and gum disease can be prevented if treatment is sought early-on, asking your dentist to outline specific examples of early signs of oral problems will help you identify an issue before it starts to impact your quality of life.Visiting the dentist should be a time for open discussion about your dental wellbeing. Even if you are only coming in for a routine cleaning, getting answers to these questions to ask your dentist will help you map your long-term oral health goals.

by Ivoir Smiles

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What Happens During a Dental Cleaning and Why it is Important

Looking for more information about what a dental cleaning entails? Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining good oral health.

While most people tend to make their regular dental appointments every year, there are some people who can visit the dentist less often and some who will need to visit more often, as everyone has their own special dental requirements. Because today’s dentists understand how busy some people are, which can make it hard for them to make it to regular dental cleanings, many now offer convenient appointment times. All you need to do now is make an appointment and go.

What happens during a dental cleaning?

What exactly are dental cleanings, and what happens during one? A dental professional will first perform a physical exam of the mouth in order to detect any oral problems. They will then use special dental tools in order to remove any and all tartar and or plaque existing on the teeth. The patient's teeth will then be professionally polished, which makes the teeth feel nice and smooth as they are now very clean. A fluoride treatment is then applied to the teeth, which helps protect them from getting any cavities.

Reasons to remove plaque and tartar

The following is a list of reasons why it is important to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth.

It can destroy your teeth’s enamel, leaving your teeth unprotected and vulnerable

It leads to tooth decay and cavities

It can lead to periodontitis or other forms of gum disease

It can cause more serious, general health issues, such as cardiovascular disease

According to the American Dental Association, brushing teeth twice a day will help keep plaque and tartar from forming, which keeps the mouth healthy.

Why some people avoid dental cleanings

Dentists completely understand that some people get nervous when going in for their regular dental cleanings, which is why it is important for all dental patients to inform their dental team about how they feel when having any necessary dental work performed. There are options available that can help calm patient's nerves, so those who are experiencing any type of dental anxiety should discuss how they feel with their dentist so they can understand what options are available to them.

If you do not get any plaque or tartar that is building up on your teeth removed, you will eventually get one or more cavities in one or more of your teeth. While cavity treatment is definitely available, cavities make teeth weaker, which is something you want to avoid as it can bring a host of more serious problems for your teeth. If you have a question about dental cleanings, speak to one of our dental health professionals today.

by Miami Beach smiles

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Five Health Benefits You Wouldn’t Expect from Oral Hygiene

There are obvious benefits of brushing and flossing regularly, such as fewer cavities and better breath. However, good oral hygiene can also positively affect many other aspects of your health. Some of the benefits may even be a bit surprising. Here are a few of them:


When you brush and floss properly, you remove plaque and oral bacteria that can cause tooth decay and inflame your gums. Microbes that live in the mouth excrete acid as a digestive byproduct when they consume carbohydrates or sugars from your meals or snacks. The acid causes tissue inflammation that may lead to gum disease.

As gum disease progresses, the gums become infected, and pockets or spaces form between the gums and the teeth. Within these pockets, oral bacteria can accumulate and begin to invade the bloodstream, spreading inflammation throughout the body.  Blood vessels may develop arterial plaques to help heal inflamed areas along vessel walls. However, these plaques can build up, resulting in blocked vessels that can incite a heart attack or stroke.

People with gum disease have an elevated risk of heart disease. However, the risk could be lowered by protecting their gum health with good oral hygiene.

It is important to keep in mind that gum disease is reversible. If signs of early gum disease, such as bleeding, swollen or reddened gums, develop, more meticulous oral hygiene efforts should be observed.


Pregnant women with periodontal disease have an increased likelihood of having a low birth weight baby and delivering preterm.

During pregnancy, women are prone to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. This moderate form of gum disease occurs during pregnancy because of insufficient oral hygiene coupled with pregnancy hormones that cause an increase in blood flow to the gingival tissues. Like other forms of gum disease, pregnancy gingivitis can worsen over time, resulting in additional problems.

Babies who are born early or who weigh less than five pounds at birth are more prone to complications, such as frequent ear infections and asthma. They are even at greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome.


People with diabetes may already have a difficult time controlling their blood sugar, and poor oral hygiene can worsen the situation. Periodontal disease that results from poor oral hygiene may cause an increase in inflammation throughout the body, increasing insulin resistance and interfering with proper carbohydrate metabolism.

The link between diabetes and periodontal disease appears to be a two-way association.  Diabetes increases the chance of periodontal disease, and gum disease increases the likelihood of diabetic complications.


Men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to be diagnosed with chronic periodontal disease. The reason for the link is not completely clear, but since inflammation can be spread by oral bacteria to the blood vessels, the association may be due to the impaired blood flow that may occur when a blood vessel wall is inflamed.

Chronic periodontal disease begins because of the buildup of plaque in the mouth. Although plaque can easily be brushed away with a simple toothbrush, if it is permitted to remain in place for long periods, plaque hardens into tartar. Tartar, which requires a professional dental cleaning for removal, is porous, offering more surface area for plaque accumulation.

To lessen the chance of suffering from erectile dysfunction, men should be sure to brush and floss regularly.


When oral hygiene is inadequate, periodontal disease may develop. The resulting pockets in the gums can allow oral bacteria to migrate to other areas of the body– including the brain.

Oral bacteria that are related to gum disease have been found in the brains of deceased dementia patients. Some studies have compared the brains of people who passed away with dementia to those of people who died without the disease. The findings indicated that the oral bacteria were not present in the brains of the subjects who did not develop dementia.

by Bonham Dental Arts

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Avoiding These Bad Habits Can Help You Maintain Maximum Oral Health And Avoid Unpleasant Trips To The Dentist

Bad habit #1: Forgetting to floss

Brushing and flossing should always go hand in hand. However, many people forget to floss more often than not. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth, if not more important! Floss helps to remove the bacteria trapped between your teeth. This bacteria is the number one cause of tooth decay. Leaving this bacteria clinging to crevasses of your mouth can also lead to gum disease. Make sure to accompany your routine teeth brushing with a good flossing session. Try leaving your floss in sight with your toothbrush to remind yourself to use it. After a while you’ll notice your mouth just doesn’t feel as clean without it!

Bad habit #2: Brushing too hard

Many patients are shocked when they hear that brushing their teeth too hard is bad for oral health. The theory behind a hard scrubbing is that it helps remove plaque and bacteria. While it is true that good brushing techniques help remove these harmful agents, extreme pressure is a bad idea. Too much pressure can actually harm both the tooth’s enamel and the gum tissue. Use of proper technique with slight pressure can be just as effective. Choosing the proper toothbrush is also very important so please read on!

Bad habit #3: Using a hard bristle tooth brush

All brushing habits are extremely important. But none may be more important than choosing the right toothbrush. Bristle’s come in all shapes, forms and stiffness, so choosing the right one is key. Softer bristles will help protect the tooth’s enamel from erosion, while the bristles will also be easier on the gums. The ADA actually has safety guidelines for toothbrush manufacturers as well. So always be on the lookout for the ADA seal on your toothbrush packaging when choosing a softer bristle.

Bad habit #4: Using your teeth as a tool

You can imagine the type of visits we get at our dental offices that start with “well I was trying to bite this…” We’ve seen all sorts of chipped teeth and/or enamel damage due to patients using their teeth as a “tool.” The fact of the matter is that it’s a horrible habit to use your teeth as nail clippers or to cut tags off of your new shirt. And your teeth are the absolute worst thing to use as a bottle opener (there are always these types of stories out there)…. It’s time to ditch these habits and think about the consequences of using your teeth. Grab a pair of nail clippers or scissors instead!

Bad Habit #5: Grinding your teeth

Okay, maybe grinding your teeth (or bruxism) shouldn’t be classified as a “habit.” But just because most people don’t choose to grind their teeth (especially during sleep), doesn’t mean it can’t wreak havoc on your oral health. Many patients we see don’t even know they are guilty of grinding their teeth. This is why regular dental checkups are so important in maintaining peak oral health. Your dentist can often identify grinding patterns just by eye sight, however there are other methods to identify bruxism.

by Dr. Hemita Klose

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Three Reasons to See Your Dentist Regularly

You’ve probably heard that regular dental visits are important for your health. But do you know why? It’s not just because dentists want to have regular business. It’s not just because dental insurance plans cover preventive care every 6 months. There are actually 3 very important reasons to see your dentist regularly.

1. Preserve your Oral Health.


Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy involves a variety of practices, one of which is to visit your dentist for routine cleanings and examinations. Brushing and flossing at home is important as well, but self care alone is not enough. A general dentistry visit typically includes:


Cleaning. Dental professionals use special tools to remove plaque from teeth and under the gum line where it’s hard to reach with a regular toothbrush.  Also if plaque calcifies (tartar) it can only be removed by a dental professional with special tools. 

Fluoride Treatment. In addition to cleaning your teeth, regular dental visits include preventive measures such as fluoride treatment that fortify and protect teeth from potential decay.  Depending on your oral health risks this can be crucial in minimizing the dental work you could need. Prevention is key.

Oral Health Screening. X-Rays and other diagnostic tools are used to identify any possible oral health issues such as cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer. Early detection of any of these leads to better treatment and outcome.

2. Restore your Oral Health.


If you have any major oral health issues such as severe decay, missing teeth, cracked or broken teeth, gum disease, misaligned teeth, or other conditions that require restoration, visiting your dentist regularly is important both before and after restorative procedures are done. Some examples of restorative procedures include:


Cavity fillings. A cavity is a small hole in a tooth where it has begun to decay. Usually if a cavity is discovered early enough, it can be filled easily. 

Root canals. When a cavity gets deep enough that it reaches the root of a tooth or if the root is damaged from an injury, a root canal can preserve the tooth by removing the pulp inside the tooth and properly restored with a crown after. 

Crowns. A tooth that is too damaged to restore can sometimes be filed down and covered with a crown, which is basically a cap over the tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth. 

Dental Implants. When a tooth is missing or severely damaged to the point of needing extraction, a dental implant can be put in its place. An implant consists of an artificial tooth root and crown that is implanted in the jaw bone. It looks and functions like a natural tooth.  It is the closest thing to replacing your natural tooth.

3. Protect your Overall Health.

It has been discovered that there are significant links between a person’s oral health and their general health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to:


Heart Disease. Severe plaque buildup on the teeth seems to be related to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can lead to heart attack and stroke. There is also an increased risk of oral bacteria infecting the blood when there is a higher concentration in the mouth due to poor dental hygiene. 

Diabetes. Poor oral health can be a predictor of diabetes. People who suffer from diabetes have a greater risk of gum disease due to high blood sugar. 

Cancer. Although the cause is still uncertain, there is a definite correlation between poor oral health and different types of cancer throughout the body.

Regular dentist visits include an oral exam that will identify any of these risks so that steps can be taken as soon as possible to correct the issue and reduce the risk.

by Emerson Dental

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Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Having sensitive teeth can take the enjoyment out of your favourite hot or cold foods and drinks. It may just be one tooth that’s affected by sensitivities, several or all of them. The problem may be fleeting or chronic, and the sensitivity can be classified as mild, moderate or severe.  

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a range of issues.  

Gum Disease and Recession

One of the symptoms of periodontal disease (gum disease) is sensitive teeth. It occurs when the gum disease damages supporting soft tissue and bone so the root surface is exposed. Receding gums also leave teeth roots exposed. The roots don’t have the same enamel protection that the crown of the tooth has and direct communication to the nerves in the pulp of the tooth may be formed.   

Tooth Damage

Any tooth that is damaged including being chipped, worn or cracked is likely to be sensitive because its protective coating has been disturbed. Teeth grinding can commonly cause excessive wear on teeth which then become susceptible to being sensitive. Dental work such as a filling or crown that is worn or damaged can also leave the nerves exposed and at risk of sensitivity. 


When you have braces, there’s nothing more important than regular tooth brushing with the right technique. Brushing your teeth too hard at the gum line can damage the gum and root surface, causing sensitivity. A soft toothbrush and light touch is less likely to damage the teeth and gums. 

Acidic Food and Drinks

Tooth surface loss can also be caused by the food and drinks you consume. Consuming high sugar and acidic foods on a regular basis attacks the enamel, making teeth more sensitive. It’s even more important to avoid soft drinks, orange juice, and sticky sweet foods when you have braces because it not only attacks the enamel but can cause white spots on your teeth when the braces are removed. 

Tooth Decay 

Decay causes the dentin of the tooth to be exposed. You’re more likely to feel localised tooth sensitivity at the site of the decay rather than all of your teeth, however the pulp (nerve) of the tooth may become infected and inflamed from the bacteria in the decay and make the tooth more sensitive to cold or hot things.  

Bleaching & Whitening Toothpastes

It’s common for people to experience sensitive teeth after undergoing teeth whitening or bleaching at the dentist or at home. Even whitening toothpastes can cause sensitivity. The sensitivity usually reduces after several days of finishing a treatment or using whitening toothpaste. 

Using any kind of teeth whitening or bleaching while wearing braces can lead to uneven shades of whiteness when the braces are removed. If you resist whitening your teeth while you have braces and wait until just after they’re removed, they will have a consistently bright colour. 

Diagnosing Teeth Sensitivities

When a patient visits their dentist complaining of teeth sensitivity, the dentist will check for obvious causes during the examination. Your dentist will look for tooth decay, chipped or worn teeth, and fillings or crowns that are failing as well as exposed roots secondary to gum recession. A dental instrument may be used to touch each tooth to check for sensitivities and an x-ray may be used to reveal any cavities or problems below the gumline.   

Treating Sensitive Teeth

There are a few different treatment options for sensitive teeth.  


Desensitising toothpastes are available from the chemist or supermarket to help relieve sensitive teeth. Use the toothpaste twice a day in place of your usual toothpaste with a soft bristle toothbrush.  

Enamel Booster

Some people with sensitive teeth have had success using an enamel booster product. The fluoride and calcium phosphate ingredients act as an enamel boosting gel.   

Salt Water Rinses

Rinsing your mouth with salt water can alleviate the pain caused by sensitive teeth. Add ½ to ¾ teaspoon of salt to a small glass of lukewarm water and mix before holding the solution in your mouth for up to 30 seconds. Rinse after spitting out the salt water.  

Night Guard

If your sensitive teeth are caused by grinding your teeth in your sleep, speak to your dentist about getting a night guard to protect the enamel on your teeth from being further worn away.    

Treating Below the Gum

If you have gum problems related to bacteria and tartar(calculus) below the gum line, you will have a gum infection and loss of gum coverage/attachment to the tooth. You may need to see a dentist or periodontist to investigate if you have tartar that needs to be removed from the roots and instruction on maintaining healthy gums and teeth.

by The Orthodontists

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Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait To Restore Your Damaged Teeth

It doesn’t matter how or why your tooth was damaged. If you have a tooth that’s cracked, chipped, or may have a serious cavity, you shouldn’t wait to get help. The sooner you restore your damaged tooth, the better.

Here are just a few reasons to see our team in Plymouth Meeting as soon as you can:


First and foremost, restoring your damaged tooth will eliminate pain and discomfort. A cracked tooth or a tooth with a serious cavity can become infected, causing a painful toothache. And, even minor chips and damage to your enamel can cause sharp, harsh edges on your teeth, which may cut your lips, gums, and tongue. Restoring your tooth will help you avoid pain and discomfort, and keep your smile healthy.


If you don’t treat a damaged tooth right away, you may not be able to save it, even with a dental crown or root canal therapy. This means that you may end up needing a tooth extraction in addition to restorative care. In the most severe cases, your damaged tooth may end up falling out. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to be able to save your tooth.


Fixing a damaged tooth with a dental crown is much more affordable than replacing a missing tooth. Not only that, but extracting and replacing a tooth is usually much more time-consuming and invasive compared to treatment with a root canal and crown. By getting treatment early, you can save quite a bit of time and money.


Most treatments for damaged teeth are covered by dental insurance, so it’s easy to afford the cost of the procedure. And, even if you don’t have dental insurance, or you don’t have enough coverage for the entire procedure, most dentists can set up low-interest financing and payment plans to keep the procedure within your budget.

by Fresh Smiles

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Daily Habits That You Need to Stop Doing to Protect Your Gum Health

The fear of getting cavities motivates people to become obsessed with oral hygiene. Who likes to have holes in the teeth that grow bigger and deeper over time, anyway? But if you think proper dental hygiene only benefits the teeth—think again. Those pearly whites are not just the only structures inside the mouth; holding them are those delicate pink tissues that need appropriate care too! So whenever people brush, floss, and rinse their mouths, they are doing their gum health a favor. On the flip side, they are welcoming gum disease if they continue to follow bad habits.

Gum disease is the inflammation of the gums as well as the bone that surrounds the teeth. It becomes dangerous when it advances. Our recommendation is for people to see us at McMillan Family Dental right away once symptoms of gum disease are felt. We can provide scaling and root planing, which can cure gingivitis effectively. But since our team is a firm believer of the old cliche that says, “prevention is always better than cure,” we encourage everyone to prevent gum disease in as much as they can. Below are some of the daily bad habits that they need to cease from doing.

Not Getting Enough Nourishment

What people feed to themselves can affect their dental health much. When they choose sugary snacks over fresh vegetables and fruits, they have a higher tendency to experience gum disease the fact that bacterias feast on sweets. Those who consume lots of acidic beverages rather than plain water are at risk for the said condition as well. Observing a healthy diet can boost gum health, on the other hand. Foods like yogurt, lean meats, fruits, and other dairy products help the pink tissues stay in excellent shape.

Sharing of Foods and Toothbrushes

Gum disease is a bacterial illness, which means that it can spread from one person to another. A mere act of food sharing or borrowing of toothbrushes can place a peril to gum health. Moreover, even using straws of your friend or siblings should be avoided as this too can aggravate gum disease.

Not Flossing Every Day

Flossing is vital to the overall oral health, just like brushing. Sadly, not all people comply with this simple oral care routine. Flossing is quite a hassle for some; others find running thread flosses back and forth between their teeth uncomfortable. So to counter these issues, it is good to invest in a good floss. You can consider switching to a water flosser if you find it challenging to use string floss. Whatever type you choose, just don’t skip flossing.

Gum health is very important. It is not good to compromise the gums as these tissues can impact not just the teeth but the other parts of the body at the same time.

by McMilan Family Dental

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Ten Signs You May Require Urgent Dental Care

Here are just a few signs that you need immediate emergency dental care in Simpsonville.

Toothache that won’t go away – If your tooth hurts for more than 1-2 days and seems to be getting worse, it may be infected. You need to see Dr. Cash to get treatment, such as a root canal, and avoid further complications.

Loose or pulled-out dental work – If you lose a filling or crown, the tooth material underneath may be more vulnerable to decay and damage, so you need to have it replaced right away. 

Cracked, chipped, or broken tooth – Even a minor crack or chip could cause hidden damage and put you at risk of a tooth infection, so you need to get help to restore your tooth and relieve your pain and discomfort right away.

Loose tooth – If your tooth is loose due to oral trauma, such as a slip and fall, or due to advanced gum (periodontal) disease, you need to see Dr. Cash to get treatment such as tooth splinting right away, and save it.

Knocked-out tooth – This is a pretty obvious dental emergency. You need to have your tooth replaced and splinted immediately, preferably within 1 hour (2 hours at most) to have the best chance of replacing it.

Cuts & lacerations to oral tissue – If an oral injury has resulted in deep cuts to your cheeks, gums, tongue, or other oral tissue, and the bleeding does not slow within 30-45 minutes, you may need emergency care to stitch these injuries and ensure they heal properly.

Gums bleeding for no reason – Gums bleeding for no reason could indicate severe gum disease, which demands immediate treatment to ensure it does not get worse. Make an appointment right away.

Food or another object lodged between your teeth – It may not seem like a big deal, but any object lodged between your teeth could increase the risk of a gum infection or tooth abscess if it’s not removed. Don’t try to remove the object on your own if floss or a toothpick doesn’t work, as this could make the issue worse.

Swollen mouth or jaw – Serious swelling of your mouth or jaw could indicate an advanced abscess or infection, which could be life-threatening. Get emergency dental care right away.

Any kind of serious, unexplained oral pain – If your mouth hurts and you don’t know why, get help from Dr. Cash right away. Pain is your body’s way of saying something is wrong, so you need to get a diagnosis and treatment as soon as you can. 

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Seven Ways to Tell If You Are Living With An Infected Tooth

Are you suffering from a debilitating toothache? Perhaps you’ve noticed a little gum or jaw swelling, or your tooth seems to be a different color? It could be a serious tooth infection.

Your teeth are packed with nerves. That’s why a toothache, though it may only affect one part of your mouth, is excruciating. What’s more, the pain may sometimes be related to a deeper oral health issue.

If your tooth feels sore, sensitive, or you’re experiencing sharp pains in your mouth, you may have a tooth infection or a tooth abscess.

Why a tooth becomes infected

There are a number of causes of tooth infections. One of the most common causes is older root canals. When you have a root canal, your dental professional removes a nerve from the affected tooth. Unfortunately, bacteria can grow in that area, leading to an infection that your body struggles to fight off.

It’s important to recognize the signs of an infection, so you can seek immediate treatment.

How to tell if your tooth is infected

If you experience pain and extreme sensitivity when eating, you may have a tooth infection. The infection or abscess spreads out of the root tip, which causes the gum and bone to be affected. Sometimes the pulsating pain and throbbing may be so severe that pain medication does not relieve your aches. This could be because the infection has spread, and there’s more pressure on the gums and bones.

Your tooth has turned a darker color compared to your other teeth.

You’re experiencing swelling of your jaw, face, and surrounding lymph nodes. You may also have jaw pain from the swelling.

Your gum is swollen and filled with pus. The raised swelling may look similar to a pimple around your infected tooth. An open pimple called a draining fistula, ruptures and releases pus, which is a sure-fire sign of an infection.

A bad taste in your mouth or bad breath may also be an indicator of an infection.

Difficulty moving and opening your mouth may be another red flag. You may have a hard time moving or opening your mouth as a result of the pain and swelling.

You have a general feeling of unwellness. If the infection is severe, it can cause you to feel unwell and even develop a fever.

How to cure a tooth infection

If you suspect that your tooth is infected, you do have several options. One is to save the tooth with a root canal. Even if the infected tooth is the result of an old root canal, we may be able to re-treat it and remove the infection.

Alternatively, we can perform a surgical extraction to remove the infection and prevent a recurrence.

If your tooth, other than the infection, is healthy, prescription antibiotics may help get rid of the infection.

What you should do if your tooth is infected

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned seven symptoms, and you notice a toothache or swelling getting worse, you need to seek treatment immediately.

Infections, or abscesses, are not something you should try to manage alone. They can spread to other areas of your body, causing a range of problems.

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Five Signs Your Gums Need Help

Dental health is important. Many may associate cavities with poor dental health, and although cavities are a common concern, another concern that almost half of adults over 30 will experience is gum disease. The risks increase from there, with older adults reaching as much as a 70% rate of gum disease. Thankfully this curable preventable condition is treatable. But first you need to know if you have it! Here are 5 signs your gums need help.

Bad Breath

Everyone wants fresh breath, and will do a lot of things to achieve that. Mouthwash, gum, candies, anything that will make our breath smell minty fresh. This may cover up bad breath for a time, but it won’t touch the cause of the bad breath. If you experience consistently bad breath despite careful oral hygiene, ask your dentist to help you figure out if there is an underlying cause, and what that may be. Bad breath can be a sign of many things, but it is also one of the signs your gums need help.


If your gums are swollen, red, this may be an indicator something is wrong, but it may also be a sign your gums need help. Gum disease that is advancing may show itself through redness, swelling, and event discomfort. Don’t worry though, Gingivitis, an earlier form of gum disease is entirely reversible through excellent oral hygiene. Ask your dentist what you can do if you’re exhibiting early signs of gum disease.

Tenderness or Bleeding

Followed by the inflammation and redness, your gums may feel tender, and even bleed when you floss or brush. This is another sign your gums need help. If your gums are exhibiting these symptoms, ask your dentist what you can do to fight gum disease.

Painful or Loose Teeth

Gums receding can cause teeth to be loose, or even painful, as the protection of the gums around your teeth slowly goes away. At this point it is possible you may be experiencing a more advanced form of gum disease, periodontitis. If you are experiencing these symptoms, get to your dentist right away to find out how to cure your gum disease.


As gums recede and more tooth surface area is exposed, especially around the roots and nerves, tooth sensitivity may increase. This is another sign your gums need help. If you experience tooth sensitivity, even if it isn’t gum disease, it can be an indicator something is wrong. Listen to your body and check in with your dentist to determine the cause and appropriate treatment for your situation.

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Oral Health Warnings You Need Dental Care Immediately

Certain dental problems may seem insignificant in the beginning but they can result in major dental problems and invite extensive procedures if they are not addressed in time. These 8 oral problems warrant a dental visit immediately.1. Toothaches or Jaw Pain

Toothache typically occurs only after the protective enamel is damaged. It starts with something as simple as sensitivity when you are having hot or cold foods or beverages and can result in a more serious gum disease if not diagnosed on time. So you should not wait for painful cues and make a dentist appointment as soon as you sense any pain.

2. Swollen and Bleeding Gums

Puffy and inflamed gums can be attributed to several underlying dental problems. They may be caused by the buildup of plaque under the gum line or due to lack of oral hygiene. Untreated swollen and bleeding gums can also lead to loss of tooth so it is recommended that you schedule a dental appointment for a proper diagnosis and timely intervention.

3. Surface Changes in the Enamel

Eroding tooth enamel is a sign of frequent acid reflux or an eating disorder. Excessive vomiting as seen in those suffering from Bulimia can also lead to dental problems such as loss of enamel, dry mouth, chapped lips, sensitivity, and swelling of salivary glands. Unfortunately surface changes in enamel can go undetected until the problem gets serious so it is essential to keep up with your routine dental care and dentist appointments.

4. Bad Breath and Buildup of Tartar

Bed breath typically results from a dry mouth or the foods and beverages you consume but gum disease can also be a contributing factor. Bad breath can also result from underlying health issues like sinus, lung infection, liver or kidney disease, diabetes, or gastrointestinal problems. Tartar is caused by plaque build-up and it carries bacteria that damages the enamel and causes cavities. Both these problems indicate it is time to make a dentist appointment.

5. Broken or Knocked-out Teeth

Trauma, accidents, falls and sports injuries result in loose, chipped, cracked or broken teeth which if not repaired immediately can infect the dentin and the root and lead to permanent loss of tooth. This is why it is important to see the dentist immediately following an unexpected injury or fall.

6. White Spots on Your Teeth

White spots are the first warning signs of dental decay caused by bacteria that dissolves the enamel and if decay goes undetected, it can invite a major dental procedure like root canal. So continue to schedule your dentist appointment regularly and keep your teeth healthy.

7. Lost Crowns

A crown is placed on the outer surface of your tooth for additional stability and protection. If you lose a crown, it leaves your tooth vulnerable to decay and damage. So, while a lost crown may not cause you any direct harm, it should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid further decay or damage.

by Scott Spencer

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How sodium affects your teeth

Whether your weakness is chips, pretzels or something else entirely, everyone loves a good savoury snack. Well, maybe not your teeth. Eating an excess of salty foods can lead to lasting damage on your oral health, including tooth decay. However, sodium's impact on your teeth isn't all bad. In the right format, sodium can help whiten teeth and ease tooth pain.

Confused? Our trusty guide can help you to separate the good sodium from the bad.

The impact of snacks

It's no secret that salty foods are bad for your heart health, but what about your teeth? In general, acidic food, including most foods that are higher in sodium, can have a negative impact on your teeth, and if left unchecked lead to decay.

In addition to recommending regulating your dietary sodium intake, Better Health Victoria noted that foods with excess citric acid and phosphoric acid should be eaten only in moderation. This covers many sugary foods. Some of the worst offenders include soft drinks, sports drinks, most alcoholic beverages, candies and citrus fruits.

Overall, the Australian Dental Association recommends limiting excessive snacking in between meals, whether you indulgence of choice is high in sodium or not. Longer breaks between eating gives the teeth time to recover exposure to acids and neutralise potential tooth decay. (The mouth does this naturally with saliva.)  The ADA also recommends drinking water regularly throughout the day. In addition to being great for teeth on its own, tap water contains fluoride, a mineral that supports oral health and prevents tooth decay.

One of the key, easy to spot symptoms of dental decay to look out for include excess sensitivity to food temperature. This is an indicator that the tooth root has become exposed. Other symptoms of tooth decay include an irregular smooth, shiny surface on the tooth, or the appearance of yellow depressions at the bottom of the tooth. Treatment for these issues can range from fillings to a full root canal.

Baking soda and your teeth

While acidic, dietary salt does nothing but damage to your teeth, not all sodium is bad. Baking soda, the powder form of sodium bicarbonate, has many uses. While typically thought of in connection with household cleaning, this powerful compound can also be an essential teeth cleaning tool in the right package. Baking soda is a fantastic tooth whitener and can help prevent bad breath. If combined with water, it releases free radicals that make teeth look bright and healthy. Sodium bicarbonate also helps to fight gum disease and ulcers.

Sodium bicarbonate does have its shortcomings, however. Excessive use can damage the gums and enamel, leading to the same kind of tooth decay as other forms of sodium. Ultimately, the abrasive qualities make baking soda so great for tooth whitening can lead to damage if used day in and day out. Sodium bicarbonate is also less effective at fighting cavities than traditional toothpaste because it has a lower amount of fluoride and can't kill plaque on its own. It's probably best to stick with your typical, dentist-approved toothpaste for your regular cleanings.

Salt water rinses

One final use of salt is in a salt water mouth rinse. The simple combination of warm water and a small amount of salt can help to slow the build up of dental bacteria by decreasing the pH level in your mouth. Salt water rinses can also to heal mouth sores and ease other areas of pain. As a result of these benefits, the treatment is commonly recommended as a part of the recovery process from oral surgery. (There's a reason people have been using salt as an anti-infective since at least the days of ancient Egypt!)

by City Dentists

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Mouth Injury Treatment: How to Treat A Cut In Your Mouth

What to know about a mouth injury treatment? A cut or a wound in your mouth can be caused by numerous different things. Often, children get a minor injury to the lips and mouth while playing, climbing, or partaking in sports events. Luckily, most of these damages can be managed at home with simple first-aid treatment. However, if you have an oral injury that affects your teeth and gums, check out this special gum surgery. MyHM Dentist’s clinic in Kellyville, NSW can help treat your injuries and make sure that there are no complications.

Mouth Injury

Mouth injury can be brought about by various internal things like biting your lips and external like dental treatment. While many mouth injuries need minimal medical care, others are serious and require emergency consideration. These incorporate direct head injury, deep lacerations to the inner cheek, tongue, gums, and related dental traumas.

Types of Mouth Injuries

Here are the following areas in which mouth injury commonly happens.


Frequently, dental accidents go inseparably with severe cuts inside the mouth. Some dental emergencies need immediate medical care. Others are more restorative and might be managed in a day or so.


Cuts of the tongue or within the cheeks are the most well-known form of mouth injury. Typically, because of unintentionally biting them during eating. Bites of the tongue infrequently need stitches. Although they expand to open a little, these mouth injuries usually heal quickly. If the edges meet up when the tongue is still, it requires no treatment.

Lower Lip

Mouth injury to the lower lip is typically brought about by the teeth. It happens when catching the lip between the top and bottom teeth while stumbling or falling. These mouth injuries do not go through the lip and do not need stitches except if the external damage is expanding.

Upper Lip

Injuries of the upper lip are common because of falls. The tissue connecting the upper lip to the gum is the frenulum. Also, a cut of the upper frenulum is exceptionally regular. It generally heals all alone and does need stitches. Nevertheless, it will rebleed each time you haul the lip out to look at it.

Serious Mouth Injury

Serious mouth injuries are those to the soft palate, tonsil, or back of the throat. Instances of these injuries include falling with a pencil or brushing teeth too hard. Stabbings here can cause a profound space infection in the neck. Additionally, head injury and other direct hits to the face may cause serious mouth injury.

Cuts in any part of the mouth may result in a lot of bleeding. However, most mouth injuries tend to heal quickly and are less likely to need stitches than other body areas.

Mouth Injury Treatment

This mouth injury treatment will serve as first aid for minor cuts and wounds.

To deal with cuts and wounds:

You need to be calmed. If it happens to your child, calm your kid and let them know you can help.

Apply pressure with a clean fabric or bandage for a few minutes to stop bleeding.

Then, wash your hands properly.

Mouth Injury Treatment: Outside Area

If the injury is on the lips or outside the space of the mouth, wash it well with soap and water whenever it has quit bleeding. Avoid scrubbing the wound. Eliminate any dirt particles from the affected part and let the water run over it for a few minutes. A dirty cut or injury that is not very much cleaned can result in scarring. Then:

Apply a disinfectant moisturizer or cream.

Use an ice cube or ice pop to suck on to help diminish bleeding and swelling.

Check the site daily and keep it spotless and dry.

Do not blow on the injury, as this can make germs develop.

Apply sunscreen on cured wounds to help forestall scarring.

Indeed, even minor cuts on the lips may cause an apparent contrast in the boundary or layout of the lips. These injuries may need stitches to keep the lines even and lessen the chance of scars. Cuts that occur toward the side of the mouth where the upper and lower lips meet up can have severe bleeding.

Mouth Injury Treatment: Inside Area

If the injury is inside the mouth, wash the region well with cool water for a few minutes. Eliminate any dirt particles from the site. Then:

Use also an ice cube or ice pop to suck on to help decrease bleeding and swelling.

Check the injury site every day and keep it clean.

Regardless of whether they show up huge, cuts and wounds within the mouth regularly heal all alone without stitches.

Wounds, blisters, or swelling on the lips brought about by injury might be treated by sucking on ice cubes or ice pops. You can also apply a cold compress to the area each one to two hours or 10 to 15 minutes for the initial 24 hours.

Preventing Mouth Injuries

Here are some particular approaches you can prevent mouth injuries:

Never run while holding something sharp.

Chew gradually to prevent biting your tongue or cheek, which is simpler to do when your mouth is swollen.

If you wear braces, follow safety directions from your dentist.

Avoid biting on pencils, pens, or fingernails.

Avoid using your teeth as scissors to open bottles and packages.

Wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports.

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The Ten Worst Beverages for Your Teeth


Taking care of your oral hygiene goes beyond simple brushing and flossing habits. It’s about avoiding bad habits that affect your teeth, like nicotine, drugs, and certain foods and beverages.

Yes, even what you drink can play a part in how healthy your teeth are.

Knowing the worst drinks for your teeth can help you either kick the habit or take better care of your teeth after enjoying the beverage! Here are ten of the worst beverages for your teeth and the answers to your questions about drinks and teeth health.

Sugary Drinks and Other Dangers to Your Oral Health

So many of our drinks today are ladened with sweeteners to the degree that we don’t even notice it anymore. Parents think they’re giving their toddlers the healthier option by pushing away colas in favor of Sprite or fruit punch drinks. While yes, they are avoiding the caffeine, they are still harming their teeth and other parts of the body with sugar-loaded beverages.

Instead of an occasional treat, sweet tea, soda, and artificial or fresh juice have become a part of our daily lives. In addition to the caloric and preservative damages to the body, this is not healthy for our teeth.

The bacteria that is already naturally in your mouth eats the sugar you consume. What happens when you eat food? It gives you energy. 

When bacteria get energy, they produce acid that stays in your mouth unless you take care of it right away. The result? Cavities and enamel erosion.

Drop the Drink and Find a Better Option for These Teeth-Harming Beverages

If you’re like most people, you wonder about certain drinks, such as: Is tea bad for your teeth, or what is the worst soda for your teeth. Those are commonly known as unhealthy beverages all around, but what about the sneakier ones?

Even fresh juice has sugar in it – a lot of sugar, actually! It’s a natural sugar, so it’s healthier for your body to break down, but it’s still sugar.

Before you go shopping or choose your next beverage at a restaurant, check out this list of the ten worst beverages for your teeth:

1. Soda – The worst soft drinks for your teeth might surprise you. Soda in general is horrible for your teeth. In fact, consuming any carbonated and heavily sugar-laden soda regularly can cause as much damage to your teeth as using cocaine or meth.Still, if you feel that you must drink soda, stay away from the dark ones. They deteriorate the cosmetic appearance of your teeth by discoloring them, on top of damaging the enamel, as all sodas do. To answer the question of the worst soda for your teeth, it’s all of them.

2. Sugary Teas – Is tea bad for your teeth? Well, yes and no. Tea is actually a good thing for your teeth unless it has sugar in it. Brewed teas, like black and green unflavored varieties, can help reduce the bacteria and acid in your mouth. Until you add sugar and syrups to flavor the drink, tea is a good option.

3. Sport Drinks – It’s a common misconception for people to choose a sports drink like Powerade over soda and think they’re making a better choice. These beverages are high in sugar, although the electrolytes do make them good during physical activity. 

4. Alcohol – Any alcoholic drink is unhealthy in certain ways, but all of them are bad for your oral health. It dries out your mouth, reducing the saliva production, which is necessary to keep it healthy. Saliva prevents food particles from hanging out around your teeth, washing them down and away from bacteria. Is beer bad for your teeth? Yes, but wine and other options aren’t much better.

5. Juice – Fresh juice is your best choice health-wise, but be cautious about how you take care of your teeth after drinking it. One glass of apple or orange juice contains almost as much sugar as a glass of soda. It’s a natural sugar so your body handles it better, but it still feeds bacteria.

6. Coffee – Similar to tea, coffee can be good for your teeth if you don’t doctor it up. Straight coffee can stain your teeth’s enamel, but doesn’t have sugar in it to cause cavities. However, it’s the stuff you put in it to make it so delicious that becomes the problem.

7. Milk – Is milk bad for your teeth? No. And yes. Surprised? The beverage that is advertised as necessary for strong teeth and bones is also on the list of worst drinks for your oral health. It’s true that you need the calcium that comes in milk for your teeth and bones to grow. But lactose, a key ingredient in milk, is sugar. Go ahead and drink your milk, but be sure to brush after.

8. Energy Drinks – These are increasing in popularity today with every age group, but they are horrible for your health in general and teeth in particular. Energy drinks are full of sugars that decay your teeth. They also have a lot of other ingredients that run your body down, making it harder for it to fight the bacteria that is attacking your enamel.

9. Sparkling Water – How can water be harmful to your teeth? Well, sparkling water is not as innocent as it looks. This beverage has a pH level of somewhere between 2.74 and 3.34, making it overly acidic. It can erode your teeth faster than an acidic drink like orange juice.

10. Fruit Punch – This is a generic name for any artificial fruit juice. Unlike the fresh juice counterpart, these drinks are full of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Even if the drink contains vitamins and minerals, they are neutralized with the excessive imitation ingredients. They also have a pH level under 3, an acidic no-no for your teeth.

On top of avoiding these sugary and unhealthy drinks, make sure you take care of your teeth by getting regular checkups.

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Four Lifestyle Factors That May Affect Your Teeth

You've heard that sugary, overly processed diets and lax oral hygiene can damage teeth, but a lot of other factors (such as lifestyle, health, and even genetic factors) can also affect how healthy your teeth are. Here are four lifestyle factors that you may not have realized were affecting your teeth.

1. Sleep Position

Did you know that sleeping on your back may contribute to sleep apnea, a common cause of nighttime tooth grinding? Conversely, if you grind your teeth at night but don't have sleep apnea, sleeping on your back may be the best position to reduce grinding and clenching.So if you suspect you grind your teeth at night, you may want to get a sleep study done to find out if you have sleep apnea or not. This can help clarify so you can decide on the best sleep position for you.Some dentists will simply prescribe a night guard for grinding. But while a night guard protects your enamel from excess wear at night, it doesn't avoid stressing your gums when you clench and grind your teeth. So taking a multipronged approach to the issue may be best.

2. Stress Levels

Many people carry excess tension in their shoulders, neck, and jaw region. This often leads to clenched teeth throughout the day, which can transfer to teeth grinding at night as well. But even if you just clench your jaw during the day, you may still be unconsciously stressing your jaws and wearing down your enamel.Other ways high stress levels can damage your teeth include:

Making you statistically more likely to snack and less likely to cook healthy meals

Making you feel like you don't have as much time to spend on oral hygiene

Causing acid reflux, which can erode your teeth and cause cavities

Leading to complications such as dehydration and dry mouth

If you've noticed an influx of stress in your life recently, be aware that it could wreak havoc on your oral health. To avoid this negative impact, try refocusing on oral hygiene and adding de-stressing habits to your daily routine.  

3. Caffeine and Beverage Habits

You likely already know that sugar-filled beverages are bad for your teeth. But even straight black coffee or a coffee or tea latte without sugar can damage your teeth if you sip it slowly all day (caffeinated or not). Coffee is acidic, so it can damage tooth enamel, and lactose (milk sugar) in a latte can feed cavity-causing bacteria. In fact, a cup of milk has 12 grams of lactose.Caffeinated beverages also have the potential to harm oral health in other ways. For example, caffeine is a diuretic so it can cause you to become slightly more dehydrated, and it can dry your mouth out slightly (meaning there's less helpful saliva to neutralize acids and carry minerals to teeth). Tannins in coffee and tea can stain teeth, and coffee can cause bad breath.

4. Gum Chewing Habits

Chewing gum can, in theory, affect oral health in either a positive or a negative way. First off, it can affect your oral health positively (assuming you're using sugar-free gum) because it helps get saliva flowing, which keeps your oral environment neutral in PH and rich in minerals. And if you use xylitol-containing gum after eating, it may even reduce plaque formation.On the other hand, if you chew gum constantly, it may contribute to jaw tension, which can translate into a negative effect: increased tooth grinding at night. And if you have TMJ, you should consult your dentist before taking up a chewing gum habit.These four lifestyle habits may not be as obvious as a sugary diet or a smoking habit or failing to brush your teeth, but they can still have decided repercussions on your oral health.

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Seven Reasons Why Kids Need to Floss

Flossing is an often-overlooked step of an oral health routine, yet flossing every day is key to preventing tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention the increased risk of other health issues that it can lead to later in life.

While your children may not like flossing every day, there are many reasons why so many dentists urge their patients to do it at least once a day. Dr. Allie Miller of Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park in Winter Park, FL wants you to know the top 7 reasons your children should floss every day.

1. It prevents bad breath

Our mouths are full of mostly harmless bacteria but when they build up between teeth, the acids they produce causes bad breath. Removing the bacteria and leftover food particles from between teeth by flossing will prevent bad breath and help your gums stay healthy.

2. It prevents cavities

That bacteria we just mentioned: Did you know that over 500 different species of it live in mouths? Many of them cause cavities and like to live in the hard-to-reach spaces between teeth.

3. It reduces their risk of gum disease

The bacteria also causes gum disease. What starts out as just a little blood when they floss can turn into swollen gums and loose teeth without you even noticing other symptoms. Removing plaque from between teeth by flossing regularly is an important step in keeping gum disease from progressing.

4. Gum disease is directly linked to serious health problems

Gum disease can also negatively impact overall health in serious ways. New studies are finding links between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease, and it has already been linked to low birth weight. Help them to avoid gum disease and the serious medical problems that can come with it by stressing regular brushing and flossing.

5. Brushing alone only gets 60% of the plaque off of teeth

While brushing is important to oral health, almost half of the plaque that needs to be removed cannot be reached by brushing alone. Around 40% of plaque is actually between teeth and cannot be removed by brushing. Flossing, or some other form of interdental cleaning, is the only way to remove this hard-to-reach plaque.

6. Flossing saves YOU money in the long run

By preventing gum disease, cavities, and bad breath, flossing can help save you money by preventing them from needing complex, painful, and expensive dental procedures. The simplest and most inexpensive way to prevent oral health problems is with regular brushing and flossing.

7. Their dental team will be proud of them (and you)

Your dentist and hygienists can tell when they’ve actually been flossing regularly! Dr. Allie wants parents to be partners in helping children to take their oral hygiene and health seriously. So to score some extra points at their dental visit and avoid both of you getting the flossing lecture, make sure you help them clean between their teeth every day. 

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What Your Dentist Wants You To Do After You Eat

Many people ask the question: Is brushing your teeth after you eat good for you? Well, the general consensus is, if the food or drink you consume is high in carbohydrates and sugars, you should brush immediately after.

This is in order to remove harmful bacteria in your mouth that can attack tooth enamel within the first twenty minutes after eating a meal or snack.

However, it has been proven that brushing your teeth immediately after eating can sometimes affect tooth enamel. This is the case if you’ve consumed food or drink that’s highly acidic, meaning you shouldn’t brush your teeth for at least 30 mins.

Never fear though, a good preventative measure is to brush your teeth before eating or drinking something acidic and drinking a glass of water afterwards to remove the harmful acids.

Proper oral hygiene is essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. At Pimpama City Dental Centre, our caring dentists offer expert advice on proper oral health.


One of the best ways to improve oral hygiene is to limit your intake of harmful food and drinks.

Below is a list of food and drinks you should only consume in moderation (or not at all):





Carbonated drinks

Fruit juice


Dried fruits

Potato chips

Flavored coffee drinks


Aside from visiting your dentist twice a year, there are several healthy habits you can follow at home to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Brush two to three times a day (preferably after meals)

Use fluoridated toothpaste

Brush thoroughly for two to three minutes

Limit sugary foods/drinks & acidic drinks (soft drink, fruit juices & cordials)

Floss your teeth once a day

Wear a mouthguard whilst playing sport

Only use your teeth for chewing food

By following these healthy habits, you give your teeth and gums the best chance of avoiding bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay. Oral health is not only important for your mouth, it’s directly related to heart health.

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What to Expect When Getting a Dental Filling

A dental filling is used to restore and renew teeth that are in bad shape. Oftentimes, a general dentist will recommend a dental filling for patients who have a minor cavity, but the procedure can also be used to treat things like chips or cracks.

Regardless of what the dental filling is being used to treat, the procedure is relatively the same. Ready to learn more about what to expect from the dental filling procedure?

About the dental filling procedure

The following information outlines what patients should expect from a dental filling procedure. Although it is a relatively straightforward general dentistry procedure, there are a few important things to note. Keep reading to find out more.

The procedure

Knowing what to expect from a dental filling procedure can be very helpful to patients who are nervous or unsure about what the process entails.

During a dental filling procedure, the dentist will numb the area in the mouth where the tooth sits. Once the area is fully numbed, a dental drill will be used to remove the infected areas of the tooth. Then, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned out to ensure that there is nothing harmful left behind. Lastly, the dentist will fill the tooth with the chosen material, which may be a silver amalgam, porcelain or another common dental material.

The final sealing of the tooth with the chosen material is done in order to prevent and protect against further damage, such as infections, cracks, chips or cavities.


A dental filling procedure is relatively simple and it has been performed by dentists for many years. Modern dentistry has allowed for minimal pain during the procedure. However, there are times when the patient may feel slight discomfort during or after the procedure.

Discomfort is common because a dental filling requires the removal of infected areas, which can be uncomfortable for the tooth and roots. Dentists will administer a numbing agent to help reduce any sensation. After the procedure, if there is significant pain, a pain management tool may be recommended, such as an over-the-counter medication.


One important thing to note about a dental filling procedure is that the patient is usually numbed. While it is not necessary to be numbed, most general dentists highly recommend it to avoid discomfort. When the dental filling takes place, the patient may not mind the numbness. However, many patients report that the feeling of numbness can be irritating after the procedure is over.

It is a good idea to be aware of the numbing part of the dental filling procedure beforehand. Being numbed can be a strange sensation, which may cause some anxiety before, during or even after the procedure. Talking with the dentist about any anxieties can be helpful.

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Five Ways Poor Oral Hygiene is Making You Sick

It should come as no surprise that your oral hygiene is important. But just how integral it is to your everyday health could surprise you. Sufferers of poor oral health or dental diseases could be experiencing a range of symptoms from pain and insomnia to malnutrition and even some cancers. It can also require time off work, negatively affect your studies and create a wide spectrum of problems for your mental health.

Here we've put together five of the more common ways poor dental hygiene can negatively affect your health. We strongly advise that if you are suffering from any of the problems below, or you are experiencing gum inflammation or tooth pain, that you seek medical attention immediately.

1.     Poor oral hygiene can make you depressed

Researchers at Deakin University recently linked poor dental health to depression. Their research, based on a survey of more than 10,000 Americans, found not only a connection between dental health and depression but also that the worse your dental health became the more your depressive state was intensified.  “Not only did we find a connection between dental health and depression, we also demonstrated that a dose-response exists between the two conditions, meaning that the more dental conditions one had the greater the severity of their depression,” said Deakin's Adrienne O'Neil, M.D.

This relationship remained even when tested against other factors such as high body mass index (BMI) or an elevated level of CRP, a protein found in blood plasma, that when elevated is used as a general marker of inflammation in the body.

The relationship between poor dental health and depression is a complicated one. Typically, depression is seen as a precursor to poor dental health. Those suffering from mental illness are often at an increased risk of substance abuse or face limited economic resources making dental health care problematic. Stress related disorders, such as teeth grinding or dry mouth, also result in damage to your jaw and enamel.

"The relationship between dental health and depression is not well understood, with previous studies investigating poor dental health as a by-product of depression, rather than a precursor," Dr O'Neil said.

"Although the results of this study provide only a snapshot of this association, they add to emerging theories around the importance of oral health and bacteria in mental health ... if poor dental health is a risk factor for depression, this may have implications for depression management, as well as depression prevention from a public health perspective."

From a self-esteem perspective though, poor dental hygiene could cause you to shy away from social situations; inhibit you in the pursuit of your career; and cause pain and sleeplessness that can negatively affect your mood.

The US department of Health and Human Services  notes that both: “a tendency to avoid social contact as a result of concerns over facial appearance… [and]… persistent pain has similar isolating and depressing effects.”

2.     Poor dental health could cause your heart to suffer

Researchers aren't sure why but people with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease. Some hypothesise that the inflammation could increase your risk of blood clots that can trigger heart attacks.

A 2013 study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine warned that excessive sugar – not just fat and salt – could cause heart disease. The article stated that a link between poor oral health and cardiovascular disease (CVD) had been demonstrated to have a “convincing evidence base”.

Gum disease, often prompted by excessive sugar consumption, can cause an inflammatory response leading to CVD through a process called atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, the paper says.

3.     Poor oral health could affect your diet

The National Survey of Adult Heath (2004-6) found that 17.4 per cent of the population avoided foods because of dental problems. Besides causing potential damage to your social life, this could cause sufferers to avoid healthy grains and proteins necessary for good nutrition. The kind of pain that sufferers report is varied with everything from minor tooth decay to sinus infections being capable of resulting in pain either during or after eating. While it's not uncommon for people to report some pain after excessive sugar consumption or to experience sensitivity to hot or cold foods, prolonged or sharp pain when chewing is not normal. If you're experiencing this kind of pain you could be suffering from tooth decay, a loose filling and physical damage to your tooth (like a fracture), nerve damage, or the inflammation/infection of pulp tissue inside the tooth.

4.     Poor oral health can worsen your diabetes

Studies have found very strong connections between diabetes and your oral health. But there's some evidence to suggest gum disease could prevent you from regulating your blood sugar levels, exacerbating your existing condition. More prevalent is research showing a heightened risk of oral health problems for diabetes sufferers. The higher your blood sugar level, the greater the supply of sugars and starches – every tooth's worst enemy. This heightened supply can initially result in cavities, but diabetes sufferers also more prone to infection – resulting in a higher rate of gingivitis and advanced gum disease (periodontitis).

5.     Pregnant women could be at risk of poor oral hygiene

A study from the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine found links between periodontitis (a serious gum infection) and both premature pregnancy and low birth weight. Due to hormonal changes, pregnancy itself can result in an increased risk of gingivitis with over 70% of pregnant women having some instance of the condition during the gestational period. If left untreated gingivitis can become periodontitis (a serious gum infection), which increases the risks of premature birth, low birth weight, pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. Regular morning sickness and frequent snacking during pregnancy could place you at higher risk. It's advised that you closely watch your oral health during pregnancy taking special care to avoid high-sugar foods and drinks. If morning sickness is a problem, it's advised that you don't brush your teeth immediately after bouts of illness as this can wear away at the enamel. Alternatively, rinse your mouth out with water and wait 30 minutes before grabbing the toothpaste and toothbrush.

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Jagged Teeth: Causes and Treatment

Perhaps you've recently chipped your tooth and noticed that it's scratching the inside of your mouth. Or you've lived your whole adult life with uneven teeth that you'd now like to get fixed. Regardless of the reason for your jagged teeth, you should feel assured in discussing them with your dental professional! It's a common problem - sometimes from a natural cause or an accident or injury. Whether your tooth is naturally jagged or just recently chipped or broken, your dental professional has many potential ways to make it straight and even again. Regardless of the cause, you should feel confident there's an appropriate treatment option that works for you!

Natural Teeth Shape

Not all of us have a neat, even line of pearly whites. If you were born without one, you might be wondering, "Why are my teeth jagged?" Teeth can grow unevenly, and some of them, specifically our canines, can develop in a pointed and protruding manner. Anyone can have uneven teeth. In rare cases, extra cusps, which are the sharp parts of your teeth, may cause their jaggedness.

As noted by the Journal of Dental Research, Dental Clinics, Dental Prospects, these cusps are referred to as talon cusps because they resemble an eagle's talons. Your dental professional can remove talon cusps by grinding down or removing a section of enamel and sealing your tooth with a desensitizing agent. Crooked or pointed teeth can also sometimes benefit from orthodontic treatment. Your dental professional will be able to tell you if this applies to you.

Broken and Chipped Teeth

When you break or chip your tooth, this can leave it looking jagged. And if your tooth's nerve becomes exposed, you might feel pain. Accidents happen! And a fall, getting hit in the mouth, or biting something hard are common accidental causes of a broken or chipped tooth. Your teeth can also break when cavities or large, old fillings weaken them, making them more susceptible to injury. We recommend that to prevent nerve damage; you should see your dental professional right away if one of your teeth breaks or chips.

Jagged Teeth Treatments

How to fix jagged teeth will depend on your dental professional's suggestion. But the good news is, there are a variety of options! The most straightforward treatment for a jagged line of teeth involves shaping the existing tooth enamel for a more even appearance. Contouring, smoothing an irregularly shaped tooth is a procedure that involves gently grinding away a small part of your tooth enamel. Did you know it's a conservative cosmetic dentistry treatment and usually doesn't even require anesthesia? While contouring is a great solution, you should never attempt it at home. Shaving your own teeth can cause permanent damage and severe pain.

If you have a chipped tooth, your dental professional might suggest bonding. This procedure involves a small amount of dental resin added to your tooth to replace the missing part. The resin will match your original tooth in color, so it's not noticeable. It's one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures but isn't as strong as your natural tooth. So continuing a strong oral care routine will be essential for its long-term success.

Your third option is a veneer. These thin shells that fit over your entire tooth above the gumline come in two kinds: traditional and minimally invasive. Fitting porcelain veneers involves removing some tooth enamel, and it's an irreversible procedure. Veneers made of composite material are now available. Your tooth will not need shaving because the composite placed over your tooth is so thin. There are pros and cons to each of these options, so having a conversation with your dental professional about them is key.

Sometimes the damage to your tooth is occasionally so severe, a repair to its jaggedness isn't possible. The best treatment for this situation is to extract your tooth and replace it with a dental implant, partial denture, or bridge. In most cases, the recovery time for all of these treatments is minimal. If your tooth needs extraction, you may require more than one visit to your dental professional. Replacing your tooth with a natural-looking prosthetic can take several months but will be well worth it for a healthy smile!

While you may experience some initial shock when you break or crack a tooth, or you've always felt discouraged from showing your smile in-full because of jagged canines, you've got plenty of treatment options! Jagged teeth don't have to be embarrassing or painful. Your dental professional can even them out or replace a missing part. If you decide to keep your teeth the way they are, your dental professional is still a valuable resource! They can instruct you on proper care and brushing so your issue doesn't worsen or cause pain. Regardless of what you decide, visiting your dental professional is your first and most important step to a confident smile!

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Wisdom Teeth Problems? How to Know if You Need Treatment

Wisdom teeth typically don’t start coming in until early adulthood – typically between the ages of 17-25. However, these rear molars can pose wisdom teeth problems before, during, or even after they come in. How can you tell if your wisdom teeth could be a problem for you? Let’s start by looking at what makes wisdom teeth different from your other teeth.

What Makes Wisdom Teeth Different?

The main reason wisdom teeth require a more watchful eye than other teeth is because they come in once all your other teeth have been set. This means that they may not have the space they need to make their way to the surface of your gums. This is what an impacted tooth is, and it can cause pain, swelling, and other unpleasant issues.

Impaction looks different for each patient, and for each tooth. The most mild form of impaction is when the tooth simply can’t break the surface of the gum because it doesn’t have room. More advanced impactions are when the tooth grows sideways, into another tooth, or backward. If left unaddressed, problems like these could cause more problems down the road.

Do You Have Wisdom Teeth Problems? Ask Yourself These Questions

Paying attention to your dental health will help you spot wisdom tooth problems as early as possible. If you still have your wisdom teeth, ask yourself these important questions to see if your wisdom teeth could be a problem for you:

Do you have pain and irritation toward the back of your mouth?

Are your gums unusually sore and inflamed?

Do you have difficulty eating because of your pain?

Are you experiencing more frequent sinus issues or headaches?

If you’re having one or more of these symptoms, they could mean that your wisdom teeth are moving – and possibly creating problems. The next step for you to take would be to visit your dentist to get a conclusive answer as to whether your wisdom teeth are creating problems or not. Premier Dental Group regularly accepts new patients that need answers to their wisdom tooth questions.

Visiting a Dentist

Your dentist will be able to use expertise and technology to help you determine the next steps for your dental health. Sometimes wisdom tooth pain and inflammation come simply from the wisdom tooth eruption process. Other times, the pain stems from other issues, like:

A cyst forming in the area

Wisdom teeth coming in crooked

Cavities forming

Incorrect wisdom tooth growth

Wisdom tooth growing into the sinus cavity.

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How to relieve gum pain fast

Gum pain can result from a range of health and lifestyle issues. These causes, and the pain itself, can range in severity. However, a number of home remedies can provide immediate relief.

A person may have gum pain because they have a condition that affects the gums, or because they are simply brushing too hard.

Some other causes of gum pain include:

canker sores

friction from dental devices, such as retainers or dentures

hormonal changes, in females

gingivitis, which often causes the gums to bleed

oral thrush, a fungal infection that can cause a yellowish film to form in the mouth and throat

periodontitis, a serious infection that can develop if a person does not receive treatment for gingivitis

cancer of the mouth or throat, though this is less common

Home remedies can help soothe gum pain, and when it is mild, they can completely eliminate it. However, if the pain is persistent or severe, a person should seek medical advice.

In this article, we list seven home remedies that can provide quick relief from gum pain. We also discuss when to see a dentist.


7 home remedies and how they work

In the sections below, we list seven home remedies that may provide quick relief from gum pain:

1. Hot or cold compresses

Applying a hot or cold compress can help reduce swelling, which can relieve pain in the gums.

To make a hot compress for the gums, dip a clean cloth into hot, but not scalding, water. Wring out the excess water, then press the cloth against the area of the cheek or lip that covers the painful part of the gums.

To make a cold compress, use an ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth.

Learn about other ways to make a cold compress here.

2. Salt water

Rinsing or gargling with salt water can reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria living on the gums. This can help reduce any swelling that is causing pain.

To make a salt water rinse:

Mix a quarter teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water.

Take a sip and swish the solution around in the mouth, or gargle with it, before spitting it out.

Repeat this as often as necessary.

3. Tea bags

Many teas contain plant compounds called tannins. According to some researchTrusted Source, tannins can reduce gum pain by killing bacteria that may irritate the gums.

Green, hibiscus, and black teas all contain significant quantities of tannins. These compounds cause the puckering feeling in the mouth after drinking strong tea or red wine.

Some teas contain ingredients that may help reduce inflammation, including gingerTrusted Source and additional chamomile.

To reduce gum pain, steep a tea bag in boiled water for a few minutes, then remove it, allowing it to cool slightly. While the bag is still warm, apply it directly to the site of the pain for around 5 minutes.

4. Herbal paste

People have used herbs for their pain relieving properties for centuries.

ClovesTrusted Source, turmericTrusted Source, and plants in the SpilanthesTrusted Source genus may help reduce pain, and a person can use these to form a paste that they can apply directly to the gums.

To create an herbal paste:

Mix a powdered form of turmeric or clove, for example, with a small amount of warm water. Mix until the consistency becomes paste-like.

Apply some of the paste directly to the site of the gum pain.

Leave the paste on for a few minutes, then rinse it away.

A person can use the paste as often as necessary to help alleviate pain.

Learn about the many other potential health benefits of turmeric here.

5. Essential oils

Many pharmaceutical products contain essential oils due to the various health benefits that they provide. A person can also purchase essential oils to create their own remedies.

CloveTrusted Source, oreganoTrusted Source, and peppermint oilsTrusted Source all have properties that may help reduce inflammation, decrease pain, and improve circulation.

A person can make a spray containing essential oil and water and use this to reduce gum pain. To create the spray, add 4 or 5 drops of essential oil and 1 ounce of water to a clean spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the site of the gum pain.

6. Oral gels

Benzocaine is a medication that can numb sore gums, and it is the main ingredient in common oral gels, such as Orajel and Anbesol.

It is important to follow the instructions on the label when using an oral gel to treat gum pain.

7. Over-the-counter pain medication

Pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) can help ease dental and oral discomfort.

A person may see the best results when they combine over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers with home remedies, such as gargling with a salt water solution.

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Interesting Facts About the Human Tongue

When you think about practicing good oral hygiene, chances are you think about brushing your teeth. But there's another part of your mouth that deserves just as much attention and care as those chompers of yours – your tongue. The tongue plays a vital role in helping you taste, swallow, digest, breathe, and communicate. That covers a lot of what you require as a human being to survive. And also to enjoy your life while doing so. To better understand how this one muscular organ can accomplish so much, we've compiled a list of fascinating and useful tongue facts for you, as well as some tips for proper care.

What Is the Basic Anatomy of the Tongue?

The average tongue is four inches long. Your anterior tongue (the front portion) is about two-thirds of its total length. The posterior tongue sits near the back of your throat and makes up the other third.

Your tongue has eight muscles. Intrinsic muscles aren't attached to any bones and allow you to guide the tongue's tip and change its shape. The extrinsic muscles are attached to the bone and enable you to change your tongue's position. Together, these muscles allow your tongue the freedom of movement required to perform many of its most essential tasks.

How Is Your Tongue Able to Taste Different Flavors?

You could have anywhere between 2,000 to upwards of 10,000 taste buds on your tongue with about 50-150 receptor cells each. They are great at regenerating – the cells replace themselves every 1-2 weeks. According to the University of Texas Health Science Center, digestive enzymes in saliva dissolve food so they can be detected and perceived by your taste buds as five possible flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or savory. You also have taste receptors in your cheeks, palate, lips, and the back of your mouth.

Why Is Sensitivity Necessary for Tongues?

The tip of the tongue is the most sensitive part of your body, offering two benefits. First, it gives your tongue a "magnifying effect," making things feel larger than they are, helping you notice any unwanted items in your food, like a fishbone, a piece of dirt, or a hair. After you swallow food, your tongue is better able to search the entire mouth for the remaining portions of the chewed pieces.

Why Is the Tongue Considered a Digestive Organ?

According to an article published in the South African Dental Journal, the tongue is a digestive organ because of its abilities to aid in the chewing process (mastication), the transference of food to your throat, and then its essential role in helping you swallow.

How Does the Tongue Help You Speak?

An excellent way for you to understand how your tongue helps you speak is to say something out loud while paying attention to what's happening inside your mouth. When you talk, you push air out of your lungs, through your throat, and then out of your mouth. Your vocal cords vibrate to create sound, and the movement of your tongue and lips change the airflow, forming the words you (hopefully) intend to communicate. Even minimal changes in tongue placement can alter the sound you produce.

How Does Your Tongue Protect Against Germs?

The defense cells of the tongue are collectively called the lingual tonsil. It's at the base of the tongue in the back of the mouth. Along with the palatine tonsils (tissue in the rear of the throat) and the adenoids (a patch of tissue high up in the throat), your lingual tonsil helps defend your body against germs that may enter through your mouth.

How Much Bacteria Is on Your Tongue?

According to an article published in the European Journal of Dentistry, the prevalence of bad breath (halitosis if you want to get technical) in the US general population is about 50 percent. The most common causes of these less-than-pleasant odors are eating certain foods, drinking alcohol, smoking habits, and poor dental hygiene. "Poor dental hygiene" is inclusive of how well you care for your tongue. The tongue itself can trap bacteria. How much depends on the individual and how well they care for their mouth. But when bacteria are allowed to flourish, the odor can be, well – odorous. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do to keep your tongue in good health and keep your breath minty fresh.

Learn how to clean your tongue and avoid bad breath.

Be sure that you don't forget to brush your tongue when you brush at least twice a day. Consider using other helpful products like an antimicrobial mouth rinse and tongue scrapers. And be sure to see your dental professional for regular appointments – not only to keep your teeth pearly white but to keep your tongue in good health, too. When you begin to take care of your tongue, you may realize how central it is – not only to your mouth but to your ability to live a healthy, vibrant, fulfilling life.

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How to Take Care of Your Molars

Molars are the large teeth toward the back of your mouth. Not only are they shaped differently than your other teeth, but they do vital work in your daily life. Learn a few molar facts so you can take care of these important teeth.

Molar Anatomy

The strongest teeth in your mouth are also some of the last to develop. Young children have only a couple of sets of molars. But adults have three sets of molars and smaller teeth called premolars or bicuspids. According to the American Dental Association, first molars typically appear around 6 or 7 years old. The second molars come in between ages 11 and 13.

Wisdom teeth usually come in between 17 and 21 years old. They are called third molars. People typically only need the first and second set, so your dentist might even recommend removing wisdom teeth to avoid overcrowding the mouth.

Molar Function

Molars are very important for eating. While your canine and front teeth bite and tear food into pieces, the back teeth are meant for chewing. They are responsible for breaking down food before swallowing. In fact, they're the teeth most often in contact with food after that initial bite. Their large size and jagged, broad surfaces make them the workhorses of your teeth.

How to Care for Your Molars

Because molars are the teeth most commonly in contact with food, they're also the teeth most susceptible to accumulating food particles and developing cavities. They can also be positioned close together, creating bacteria breeding grounds if food particles and bacteria get caught between them. That's why good oral hygiene is so important.

Care for all your teeth by brushing at least twice daily, making sure to clean every surface of your molars. Clean between your molars daily with floss, water flossers, or other interdental cleaners. Keep your regular dental visits for preventive treatment to prevent gingivitis, tooth decay, and other oral care issues.

If you feel any pain in a molar, see your dentist immediately. It could be a sign of a cavity. Having a cavity filled early helps stop decay in its tracks and protects the root deep inside the molar.

Molars are critical for your health. They help you bite, chew, and eat food comfortably. Preventive care like good oral hygiene habits and reporting any pain or discomfort to your dentist will ensure your molars are in top working order.

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Why Oral Health Is More Important Than You Think

You know you should take care of your teeth and gums because you only get one set of permanent teeth. However, taking care of your oral health has other benefits as well, and some of them might surprise you.

Studies have shown that poor oral health can affect your overall health. By maintaining excellent oral health habits and proper oral hygiene, you can help avoid more serious health conditions.

What Health Conditions Are You Talking About?

Colgate describes your mouth as a “window into what’s going on in the rest of your body.”  What they mean is that when you look into the mouth, you can see some of the early signs and symptoms of other systemic diseases. A systemic disease is a term that describes conditions that affect all of your body, e.g., diabetes osteoporosis, or AIDS.

The Mayo Clinic says that many conditions can be linked to oral health. These conditions include:

Cardiovascular Disease: The connection between your oral health and heart disease is not completely clear yet, but studies have found that the inflammation and infection that the oral bacteria could be involved in heart disease, clogged arteries, and strokes.

Endocarditis: Also in the heart, Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers and valves. Bacteria that cause the condition comes from other parts of the body, like your mouth, and arrives there via the bloodstream where it attaches to the anatomy in your heart.

Pneumonia: If the bacteria in your mouth ends up in your lungs, you can end up with pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.

Premature Birth and Low Birth Weights: Research has linked both of these pregnancy and birth complications to periodontitis, which is a severe form of gum disease.

Sometimes, it is the systemic disease that is causing problems in your mouth. Conditions that might affect your oral health include:

Alzheimer’s: It is normal to see oral health decline as the disease progresses. Moreover, per Medical News Today, researchers at NYU discovered a link between gum inflammation and the disease.

Diabetes: Diabetes can affect your oral health in two ways. First, it reduces the body’s resistance to infection, which is not good for your gums. Second, when you have gum disease, it is even more challenging to control your blood sugar. For these reasons, the Mayo Clinic encourages periodontal care to benefit both areas of your health.

HIV/AIDS: People with HIV/AIDS often develop sores in their mouths.

Osteoporosis: The weakening of bones is linked to periodontal bone and tooth loss. Also, drugs used to treat osteoporosis can result in problems with the jawbone.

What Can You Do?

Consistent attention to your oral hygiene is one of the best things you can do to maintain the best possible oral health for yourself. Every day, you should take care of your teeth and gums. Per, this effort involves all of the following:


Brushing properly for around two minutes, twice a day, to remove food acids and plaque that forms throughout the day. Preferably in the morning and before bedtime.

Changing your toothbrush every three months to ensure you have good, clean bristles to do the job.

Using an ADA approved toothpaste with fluoride to protect your enamel.

Scraping your tongue to remove plaque buildup.

Flossing at least once a day with string floss; guiding the floss between the teeth and gently wrapping it around the side of the tooth. This removes the plaque and bacteria that can’t reach.

Swishing with a fluoride mouthwash to clean hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums.

Drinking more water after meals to help wash away food acids that break down enamel in between brushes.

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables for beneficial nutrients and to help in keeping your jaws and teeth strong.

Reducing the sugar-laden and acidic foods you eat. These sugary and acidic foods help bacteria thrive, which could cause tooth decay and other problems in your mouth.

Seeing the dentists every six months for a checkup and cleaning to stay on top of any developing conditions.

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How To Keep Your Tooth Enamel Strong For A Long Time

The surface of your teeth is called enamel. It helps protect them from decay. Some wear and tear is normal, but there’s plenty you can do to keep that barrier strong.  Take these simple steps for a healthy mouth and a winning smile. 

1. Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks

Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar from foods and drinks. Then they make acids, which soften and wear away your enamel. Chewy candies that stick on your teeth are can also cause damage. Soft drinks may have extra acids.

Soft drinks with artificial sweeteners are a smarter choice than ones with sugar, but they’re also acidic and will wear down enamel over time.

The best choice when you’re thirsty? A glass of plain water. Many flavored waters are acidic.

2. Eat Foods That Protect Enamel

Calcium in food counters acids in your mouth that cause decay. It also helps keep your bones and teeth strong.

Milk, cheese, and other dairy products help protect and strengthen enamel.  Choose low-fat or fat-free items to help keep calories down.  If you don’t eat dairy, look for foods with calcium added.

3. Avoid Over-Brushing

You can wear down your enamel if you brush too fast and hard. Hold a brush with a soft bristle at about a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then move it back and forth in short, gentle strokes, about the distance of one tooth.

Wait for up to an hour after eating sweets or citrus fruits before you brush your teeth. Acidic foods can soften enamel and may make it easier for you to damage it.

4. Use Fluoride

The American Dental Association (ADA) calls fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter” because it strengthens your enamel and helps repair the early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride also makes your teeth more resistant to acids that come from foods and from bacteria in your mouth.The ADA recommends fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth appears and throughout your life. Rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride can also help prevent cavities and keep your enamel strong.

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Why neglecting your teeth can have serious consequences

Cavities have always been a trial of childhood, along with getting the mumps and chicken pox. By the time children shed their baby teeth and get their permanent ones, they hopefully have established good dental hygiene that limits these problems in the future.

While that's the goal, a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trust finds that reality presents a different picture. It calls dental care the single greatest unmet need for health services among children. It identifies tooth decay as the most common childhood disease, with nearly 60% suffering some kind of dental problem.

The Great Recession made the problem worse, with a survey by FORBA, a dental practice management company, finding low-income families with children reduced their children's dental care since 2008. Twenty percent said their children did not see a dentist at least once a year.

Adults appear to be skimping on visits to the dentist's office as well, putting off treatment of dental issues until things get serious. The American Dental Association reports the number of dental emergency room visits in the U.S. rose from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010. The study also noted that 41.8 percent of all these emergency visits were for conditions that could have been easily prevented with proper dental care.

The cavity

The root cause of most dental problems is the cavity, a hole in the enamel of the tooth that, left untreated, can expose the root to bacteria and become infected. There's a lot of confusion about what causes a cavity, with many people assuming too much candy and sugary soft drinks are the catalysts.

Food for bacteria

Field points out that sugar doesn't cause cavities, the waste from bacteria in the mouth that feed on that sugar is the culprit. The waste is an acid that eats away at tooth enamel.

To prevent cavities, Field said, you really should brush after every meal. If you have fruit juice, high in acid, drink some water afterward. It will help wash away some of the bacteria waste before it can attack your tooth enamel.

While foods high in sugar and carbs are bad for teeth, probiotics like yogurt can have a healthy effect.

"It's about the whole body," Field said.

It's also about brushing. Fields recommends a fluoride toothpaste after meals, using an electric toothbrush for two minutes, flossing at least once each day. He says a fluoride mouthwash can also help.

A smarter toothbrush

Perhaps to make dental care more fun, as well as effective, Oral-B is introducing a smart electric toothbrush it playfully describes as a “Bluetooth brush.” The Oral-B Smart Series hits the U.S. market in June 2014, connecting with a smartphone app to monitor your daily dental care and to keep you on track.

Among other things, it times the length of time you brush. Dentists recommend two minutes but most people don't spend that much time brushing. The SmartSeries nags you if you fall short.

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Chronic Oral Infections and Your Health

Dental bacteria can kill more than a smile. If you have experienced chronic oral infections, don’t floss regularly, and otherwise neglect your oral hygiene, you might be jeopardizing more than just your teeth – studies are revealing a link between neglecting your teeth and many serious health problems.

Dentists have known for years that oral infections pose a significant hazard to heart valves, but new research indicates that chronic dental infections may also contribute to hardening of the arteries, heart attack, stroke, and even pre-term births. The root cause seems to be the millions of bacteria living and breeding inside your mouth.

Even the healthiest mouth is not a sterile environment. There are many different resident bacteria around your teeth and gums and without proper care, oral bacteria can build up, find its way into your bloodstream, and from there, travel throughout your body. Inflammation sets in where bacteria finally settles, and your immune system can’t always fight off the resulting infection. Inflammation can create sites where fatty deposits form, resulting in clogged arteries and veins. Bacteria from your mouth may combine with blood-clotting cells called platelets, forming dangerous blood clots.

Heart disease and stroke

Gum disease is the most common chronic oral infection. It begins at or below the gumline, often painlessly and with no visible signs or symptoms, and can lead to inflammation of the gums and bone around your teeth. Left untreated, bacteria builds up cell by cell to form colonies along the gumline which can be resistant to antibiotics. Other germs will grow down your tooth and migrate into your blood vessels. Dental plaque (the sticky film of bacteria surrounding your teeth) can get mixed up with blood-clotting cells, forming a clump. These clumps of bacteria can irritate the walls of your blood vessels, and if they make their way to your heart, they may increase the formation of heart-stopping blood clots.

Research shows that the fatty deposits lodged in the carotid arteries of most stroke sufferers contain bacteria, and much of this bacteria comes from the mouth.

DiabetesWe also know that diabetics with gum disease have a greater risk of heart attack – perhaps three times more likely, according to some studies – than those with healthy gums.  

PregnancyPregnant women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely, to low birth-weight babies.

Protect your health!Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will greatly reduce your chances of tooth and gum infections, and protect your overall health.

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Difficulty in closing your mouth?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located just in front of the lower part of the ear. This joint below the ear allows the lower jaw to move. It is just like a hip or shoulder called a ball-and-socket joint. When you open the mouth widely the ball from the socket that allows moving forward. If the ball moves so ahead it may result in dislocation of the TMJ. then the TMJ gets stuck in between the bone which is called the articular eminence. It becomes difficult for the ball to go back to its position. This happens most often when the ligaments that normally keep the ball in place are somewhat loose. Due to the TMJ disorder, the surrounding muscles often experience pain.

TMJ Symptoms

The jaw gets blocked due to the bad opening of the mouth that becomes difficult to close the mouth or you can’t close jaw. In this situation, discomfort is experienced until the joint is not in the proper position.

TMJ treatment

The TMJ treatment / medical advice is based on the position of the jaw by taking an X-ray of the jaw so that close vision is given to the dentist.

Expected Duration

The problem of the TMJ disorder remains the same if precaution is not taken by the dentist. If treatment is taken by the dentist, the disorder will get rid of within a few weeks.


This TMJ disorder will never stop until you don’t consult a doctor. To avoid the long term pain Dentist recommends the patients to move their jaw in less motion. If a person is actually suffering from TMJ disorder, seeing a dentist for the treatment will be the right option. If a person going through this disorder the dentist will show how to open the mouth. For example, someone with this problem should place a fist under the chin when yawning to keep the mouth from opening too widely.

The problem of TMJ will be cured if proper treatment is given. If the treatment works there will be no chances for TMJ disorder to affect the jaw again. In some cases, the dentist asks the patients to shut their mouth for a time being. This causes the ligaments to get tighter and restricts their movement of facial muscle and mouth. If the disorder is more or severe surgery may be required. The procedure of performing the treatment is medically termed as laminectomy. It removes the articular eminence so the ball of the joint no longer gets stuck in front of it.


The muscles around the TMJ need to relax so that the condyle can return to its normal position. To make this happen, some people need an injection of local anesthesia in the jaw joint. This may be followed by a muscle relaxant to stop the spasms and for relaxing the muscles. The muscle relaxant is given intravenously (into a vein in the arm). If the jaw muscles are relaxed enough, a doctor or dentist can move the condyle back into the correct position. He or she will pull the lower jaw downward and tip the chin upward to free the condyle. Then the ball is guided back into the socket. Rarely, someone may need to have the dislocation fixed in the operating room under a general anesthetic. In this case, it may be necessary to wire the jaws shut or use elastics between the top and bottom teeth to limit the movement of the jaw after the dislocation has been fixed. You should follow a soft or liquid diet for several weeks afterward. This reduces jaw movement and stress. Avoid foods that are hard to chew, such as tough meats, carrots, hard candies, or ice cubes. Also, be careful not to open your mouth too wide.

TMJ Causes

The temporomandibular joint disorder combines a sudden action when in motion. The parts of these bones are interconnected with cartilage and are suddenly separated through a small shock that appears in the jaw which gives the jaw the pain. TMJ disorders can occur pain if:

The ball moves out from the position and leads to misalignment

The interconnected cartilage may lead to the damage of arthritis.

Due to the blow or other impact, it can damage the joint.

In many cases, however, the cause of TMJ disorders isn’t clear.

Risk factors involved in TMJ disorder.

Factors that may increase the risk of developing TMJ disorders include:

Various types of arthritis issues like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

Injury to the jaw

Badly grinding of the teeth or clenching of the teeth.

Affecting the temporomandibular joint by spreading diseases to the tissues that are certainly connected.

Expert opinion

Dr. Manan Dhulia Dental Director of Sabka dentist says ” It is very necessary to look after certain pain occurred in the jaw as it can majorly turn into severe problems. TMJ disorder is a major reason for pain in the jaw or you can’t close jaw.”

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Seven Ways to Tell If You Are Living With An Infected Tooth

re you suffering from a debilitating toothache? Perhaps you’ve noticed a little gum or jaw swelling, or your tooth seems to be a different color? It could be a serious tooth infection.

Your teeth are packed with nerves. That’s why a toothache, though it may only affect one part of your mouth, is excruciating. What’s more, the pain may sometimes be related to a deeper oral health issue.

If your tooth feels sore, sensitive, or you’re experiencing sharp pains in your mouth, you may have a tooth infection or a tooth abscess.

Why a tooth becomes infected

There are a number of causes of tooth infections. One of the most common causes is older root canals. When you have a root canal, your dental professional removes a nerve from the affected tooth. Unfortunately, bacteria can grow in that area, leading to an infection that your body struggles to fight off.

It’s important to recognize the signs of an infection, so you can seek immediate treatment.

How to tell if your tooth is infected

If you experience pain when eating, you may have a tooth infection. The infection or abscess spreads out of the root tip, which causes the gum and bone to be affected. Sometimes the pulsating pain and throbbing may be so severe that pain medication does not relieve your aches. This could be because the infection has spread, and there’s more pressure on the gums and bones.

Your tooth has turned a darker color compared to your other teeth.

You’re experiencing swelling of your jaw, face, and surrounding lymph nodes. You may also have jaw pain from the swelling.

Your gum is swollen and filled with pus. The raised swelling may look similar to a pimple around your infected tooth. An open pimple called a draining fistula, ruptures and releases pus, which is a sure-fire sign of an infection.

A bad taste in your mouth or bad breath may also be an indicator of an infection.

Difficulty moving and opening your mouth may be another red flag. You may have a hard time moving or opening your mouth as a result of the pain and swelling.

You have a general feeling of unwellness. If the infection is severe, it can cause you to feel unwell and even develop a fever.

How to cure a tooth infection

If you suspect that your tooth is infected, you do have several options. One is to save the tooth with a root canal. Even if the infected tooth is the result of an old root canal, we may be able to re-treat it and remove the infection.

Alternatively, we can perform a surgical extraction to remove the infection and prevent a recurrence.

If your tooth, other than the infection, is healthy, prescription antibiotics may help get rid of the infection.

What you should do if your tooth is infected

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned seven symptoms, and you notice a toothache or swelling getting worse, you need to seek treatment immediately.

Infections, or abscesses, are not something you should try to manage alone. They can spread to other areas of your body, causing a range of problems.

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Five Weird Oral Health Tips That Actually Work

The way to improve your oral health is pretty simple and straightforward: brush, floss, eat healthily, do regular visits to your dentist

It doesn’t end there. Here are some tips weird dental tips for you.

They may sound crazy enough to leave you scratching your head at first, but we assure you – they do work! So, here it goes…

1.- Don’t Brush Your Teeth After Eating

Contrary to what you always hear when you were a little kid, it is actually not advisable to brush your teeth right after meals.

Instead, you must wait for at least 30 minutes, or longer if you’ve just eaten acidic food and drinks.

The acids can dissolve or erode the tooth enamel, and brushing can actually wear it away much faster.

2.- Use Banana Peel to Whiten Teeth

Done eating that banana? Don’t throw the peel yet.

You can still use it for whitening your teeth. Do so by rubbing the inside surface of the peel on your teeth for at least two minutes.

The peel contains magnesium, potassium, and other minerals which can penetrate your teeth to make them whiter. And unlike commercial whiteners, these minerals whiten the teeth without making your teeth sensitive.

3.- Use Coconut Oil as Mouthwash

This newest health craze is more popularly known as “oil pulling”.

A detoxification procedure derived from Ayurvedic medicine, it involves putting a tablespoon of slightly hardened coconut oil in your mouth, allowing it to slowly liquefy, then swishing or gargling it for about 10 to 20 minutes before spitting it out.

Coconut oil has been proven to have numerous health benefits, one of which is its antimicrobial properties.

It can kill the decay-causing bacteria, as well as the bacteria that cause gum disease and oral infections.

If you don’t have coconut oil, olive oil or sesame oil will do.

Those who have tried oil pulling claim that their teeth become cleaner and whiter, and their breath fresher.

Whether or not such claims are true, there is no harm in trying this method as it won’t produce any negative effects on your health.

However, this may not be suitable in those with the sensitive gag reflex.

4.- Rub Ice on Your Hand to Relieve A toothache

You’ve probably heard that rubbing ice on a sore muscle or joint provides relief, but using it on your teeth?

While it may sound unbelievable, there is actually a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that supports it.

According to such study, massaging ice on the area between the thumb and index finger relieves pain on the same side of the face by up to 50%.

It works because the cold temperature helps prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.

5.- Eat Cheese to Prevent Tooth Decay

Your favorite dairy has been found to reduce the risk of dental caries.

Its gooey consistency works like a sticky tape that traps bacteria and food residues from the surface of the teeth.

More importantly, munching on a large wedge of cheese will help clean in-between your teeth as well.

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Practice Better Habits At Home To Protect Your Oral Health

As a result of these regular visits, you are protected against harmful substances like plaque and tartar, and you can receive early restorative dental care for any problem discovered during your review. These visits can be key in your efforts to keep your teeth in great shape.

With that said, they are hardly your only line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure you practice smart oral hygiene habits at home if you want to prevent dental troubles from occurring.

Are You Really Doing An Effective Job Brushing And Flossing?

Building a better brushing and flossing routine can keep your teeth protected against the threat of oral bacteria. Flossing every day can protect you against gum disease and cavities by keeping the spaces between your teeth clean. These areas are hard to reach with the bristles of your brush, but there is plenty of room for harmful agents like bacteria and food debris. To do a better job with the prevention of gum disease, make sure your floss string moves all the way to your gum line.

For better brushing, focus on taking more time, and reaching more areas of your smile. Believing that “better” brushing means more aggressive brushing can actually create a problem for you, as you can wear down your enamel over time.

Your Food Choices Between Meals Can Become A Problem For Your Oral Health

Sticky, sugary foods can make it harder for you to stay cavity-free between dental checkups. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find truly healthy snack options if you are relying on your office vending machine, or other quick and convenient foods.

Taking time out to clean your teeth during the day can help you offset the effects of unhealthy snacks, but you can also take action by planning your snacks.

Combining Better At-Home Habits With Regular Dental Checkups

Will better brushing and flossing habits help you fight plaque buildup? They certainly can, but what they cannot do is help you remove tartar deposits that have formed already. For the removal of tartar, a professional teeth cleaning is needed.

This is one of many reasons routine care offers important support for your oral health. You also benefit because your dentist can plan restorative dental work for a recent problem, one that may not cause symptoms. If you have questions about your oral hygiene routine, your dentist can field them, and help you better protect your smile.

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Nine Bad Habits That May be Ruining Your Teeth


Though adult teeth are designed to last a lifetime, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. What’s more, some 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. Add in the fact that 92% of adults and 42% of kids ages 2-11 have at least one cavity, and it’s clear preventive care is essential to preserving your oral health.

At Smile Design Manhattan, our dental professionals are dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of 9 everyday bad habits that you may not realize may be ruining your teeth.

1. Slacking off on proper cleaning

This seems obvious, of course. But it bears repeating. Proper oral hygiene means you need to:

Brush twice a day

Rinse after meals

Floss once a day

We know it can be tempting to brush off flossing. But don’t. Flossing dislodges food that gets stuck in between your teeth, where it settles in and forms plaque, enabling bacteria buildup and slowly erode your teeth.

As an alternative to flossing, as an addition to, consider using a water flosser systems that shoots powerful jets of water in between your teeth to remove debris.

2. Brushing too vigorously

Easy does it when it comes to brushing. Brushing too hard can damage your teeth and gums. Instead, brush your teeth gently, in circular motions on the surface, and use only soft-bristled toothbrushes to preserve your protective tooth enamel.

3. Nail-biting

Life, especially these days, can be stressful. Still, for your nails – and your teeth – avoid channeling that stress into biting your nails. Your fingernails are hard, and you can chip your teeth when chewing them. 

4. Grinding and jaw clenching

Clenching or grinding your teeth, also associated with stress, can wreak havoc on their teeth and jaws. Night grinding, in particular, can wear down your teeth. If you grind or clench, book an appointment so we can make you with a nightguard.

5. Chewing ice

Even more so than chewing on your fingernails, chewing on ice cubes can cause teeth to chip and even break.

6. Not wearing a mouth guard at game time

If your sport of choice involves the possibility of getting hit in the face, be sure to wear your sports guard for protection. Make an appointment, and we will outfit you with custom sports. 

7. Eating hard or gummy candy

Hard candy is doubly bad news: First off, as you slowly suck away at these sweets, the sugars linger in your mouth, which encourages tooth decay. Secondly, hard candy runs the risk of chipping or breaking your teeth. Soft, gummy candy is an equal enemy. Gummy bears and the like are packed full of sugar that sticks to your teeth. If you do indulge, be sure to brush your teeth and floss immediately afterward.

8. Smoking

Not good comes from smoking. And that’s certainly true when it comes to your oral health. This habit causes your teeth to yellow and is a leading cause of oral cancer.

9. Not visiting the dentist every six months

Bi-annual dental checkups and professional cleanings are a crucial part of your preventive care. Your dentist or hygienist can uncover hidden problems from tiny cracks or cavities in your teeth to the early signs of gum disease at these visits.

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Dental Issues Can Detect Other Health Problems

You thought that getting your teeth cleaned regularly was just to take care of your oral health, but the truth is your dentist could be the first one to notice that something is amiss in another part of your body.

What goes on in your mouth can be very telling when it comes to the state of your overall health, as there are several dental issues that can alert you to other problems, including those listed below.

When Mouth Troubles Lead to Heart Problems

When your dentist looks at your gums and notices inflammation or loose teeth, he may ask you if there’s a history of cardiovascular disease in your family or if you have any heart problems. That’s because gum disease might increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

The inflammation within your mouth might cause inflammation to increase in other areas of your body, such as your arteries. Also, if you’re diagnosed with gum disease, the bacteria that are within your mouth might travel to your heart and lead to disease within the cardiovascular system. Your dentist can start treating your gum disease, and you can take steps at home to keep your gums as clean as possible, to reduce your risk.

A Surprising Link Between Blood Sugar and Gum Disease

There are several symptoms that your dentist can pick up on during a routine exam, such as dry mouth, loose teeth, and gums that are dry, receding, bleeding, or infected and healing slowly. Because these symptoms can be associated with diabetes—a condition that could increase your risk of gum disease—your dentist might recommend getting a blood test to check for it.

In the event that you are diagnosed with diabetes, you can work with your primary care physician to get your condition under control. At the same time, experts recommend working with your dentist to treat the gum disease, especially since infections within your gums can make your diabetes more severe and increase the risk of heart disease.

Individuals with a history of gum disease and diabetes might also need to see their dentist more often, such as every three months.

Bone Health Beyond the Mouth

Osteoporosis, commonly seen in postmenopausal women, causes your bones to become weaker. Believe it or not, your mouth can alert a dentist to thinning bones in other parts of your body, even though this condition typically won’t result in changes to your teeth.

When osteoporosis takes hold, it causes changes within the bone that gives support to your teeth. So if your dentist notices that you have loose teeth or a receding gum line, he may recommend talking to your doctor to see if osteoporosis is to blame and to receive the appropriate treatment.

It All Starts in the Gut

The inflammation that’s associated with Crohn’s disease could affect your mouth, leading to raised bumps along the gums surrounding the teeth. You may not know that you have Crohn’s disease because mouth lesions might develop before you even experience abdominal symptoms and digestive upset. And because those oral bumps don’t result in pain, you may not notice them either.

Inflammatory bowel conditions, including Crohn’s disease, can also lead to recurring canker sores that you can ask your dentist about. Catching symptoms early will help you get relief as you bring your digestive system back into balance.

Because the health of your mouth can provide clues to your overall state of wellness, finding a dentist you can trust can give you peace of mind. With the right oral hygiene routine at home and at the dentist’s office, you can rest assured that your teeth and gums will be clean and strong and that you’ll be able to tackle early symptoms of disease.

by Spirit Dental

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Your Front Teeth Aren't Immune To Cavities

Tooth decay most commonly occurs in back teeth, but front teeth can also develop cavities.

What causes cavities?

Every day, a clear, sticky, bacterial film called plaque coats your teeth. You may have felt plaque if you've ever run your tongue over your teeth and noticed that they felt rough. Cavities occur when the sugars in the foods you eat combine with the bacteria in plaque to create acids that eat away at tooth enamel. Cavities are more common in molars because they contain pits and grooves that can trap plaque. Although your front teeth are smoother, they can still develop cavities when they're exposed to acids.

How can I prevent cavities in my front teeth?

There are several things you can do to prevent cavities, including:

Brushing and Flossing Daily: Daily brushing and flossing removes plaque, reducing your risk of tooth decay. Since decay can also develop between teeth, flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine.

Limiting Acidic Foods: Natural acids aren't the only acids you need to worry about. Some foods and beverages, such as lemons, limes, oranges, soda, fruit juices and sports drinks, also contain acids that can damage your tooth enamel and cause cavities. Avoiding or limiting these foods and beverages can help you prevent cavities in your front teeth. If you do enjoy the occasional cola or sports drink, drink the entire glass immediately, rather than slowly slipping it over an hour or more. Finishing the drink quickly will decrease the amount of time that your teeth are exposed to acids.

See Your Des Plaines Dentist Every Six Months: Regular dental visits are an excellent way to protect your teeth. During those visits, plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth. Plaque turns into tartar, a hard deposit, if it isn't removed promptly. When tartar forms at the gum line, it can cause gum disease, a painful condition that can lead to tooth loss in severe cases. During your visits, your dentist will look for signs of tooth decay and other oral health issues. Treating cavities when they're small can help keep your teeth healthy and reduce the need for more extensive dental work in the future.

by Suburban Family Dental

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Four Ways to Maintain Healthy Gums

Take a look at yourself in the mirror and smile. Sure enough, you’ll immediately notice your pearly whites, but what about the gums protecting them? Do they appear firm and pink?

While most people focus on tooth care, the health of your gums is equally vital as they surround and support your teeth, along with the bones of your jaws. Your gums serve as barriers against oral infection, and you can keep them healthy by following the tips below.

#1 Observe Proper Oral Hygiene

Brushing helps remove food and keep plaque—a sticky, colorless or pale yellow film containing bacteria—from forming in your mouth. Plaque can harden under your gum line and turn into tartar. Tartar buildup may lead to inflammation that causes gum disease. Untreated gum disease may lead to tooth loss.

To keep your gums healthy, brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Keeping your teeth clean can help prevent gum disease and cavities. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You may also use an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which provides superior plaque removal compared to a manual toothbrush. It also works well for people with hand arthritis or children who like the idea of a “machine” brushing their teeth.

Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle and slide the bristle towards the area where the teeth and gums meet. Gently brush with circular back-and-forth motions. After brushing your teeth, don’t forget to floss to reach the tight spaces between your teeth and under the gum line. Be gentle while flossing to avoid hurting your gums.

#2 Eat a Balanced Diet

Eating healthy foods boosts your immune system and enables it to fight against infection. Include food rich in antioxidant properties in your meals. Examples of these are vitamin E sources, such as vegetable oils, nuts, and leafy vegetables, and vitamin C sources, such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and potatoes.

Watch your sugar intake, especially if you have diabetes because you have a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Diabetes reduces your ability to resist bacteria and slows down healing. In turn, advanced gum disease or periodontitis may also cause your blood sugar level to rise, making it harder to control your diabetes.

#3 Don’t Smoke

Smoking weakens your immune system. Tobacco, whether taken in through smoking or chewing, puts you at a higher risk for gum disease. Chemicals in tobacco products also affect saliva flow in the mouth, making it easier for bacteria to stick to your gums.

Compared to a non-smoker, smokers are twice as likely to develop gum disease. Treatments for the condition may also not work well for people who smoke.

#4 Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Schedule check-ups and cleanings every six months. Your dentist can help you prevent gum disease development and detect any oral health problems earlier on.

You should also consult with your dentist if you have any of the following symptoms:

Red, tender, or swollen gums

Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing

Receding gums.

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Five Signs Your Mouth Is Healthy

Oral health is more important than you may think. Your mouth mirrors the condition of your body and can provide you with signs of potential disease and illness. That’s why keeping your teeth, gums, and tongue healthy is essential. If you’re not sure how to determine if your mouth is healthy, read on as we provide you with some signs you should be looking for.

1.- Firm and Pink Gums

When it comes to having a healthy mouth, you should check that your gums are both firm and a pale pink colour. Healthy gums also won’t normally bleed when you brush or floss your teeth – they should be able to withstand normal oral care. So if you’re experiencing white or red puffy or bleeding gums, you should talk to your dentist right away.

2.- Fresh Breath

If you’ve noticed a bad taste or some unpleasant odours coming from your mouth you may have reasons to be concerned. Bad breath is a tell-tale sign of bacteria and gingivitis. Even though you can cover it up with gum and mints as a temporary solution, make sure to see your doctor if it persists for longer than a few days. Avoiding the symptoms could lead to gum disease, enhanced odour, or other complications for the body.

3.- Healthy Tongue

Your tongue is often used by healthcare professionals to indicate other health problems throughout the rest of your body. And if your tongue is discoloured it could be a sign of auto immune disease, diabetes, cancer or nutritional deficiency, among others. Your tongue should be pink, smooth and covered in papillae which are tiny nodules. Anything different should be reported to your doctor and dentist.

4.- No Signs of Pain

Aside from canker sores or accidental burns from eating hot food, pain or sensitivity in your mouth may be early signs of mouth disease. You can first try over the counter treatments to help reduce the symptoms you are experiencing but if it persists for longer than a week, call your dentist immediately for a check-up.

5.- Proper Alignment

Having straight teeth won’t just improve the appearance of your smile, it can also ensure proper oral health. Having unaligned and crowded teeth can impact your oral hygiene and make it difficult to get a proper cleaning. Plus, if you don’t fix the alignment issues you could end up with jaw problems as well, like grinding teeth at night, and soreness in the head, neck, and ear area. So ensure to get a regular check up and talk with your dentist about your options for alignment.

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What Is Saliva And Why Is It Important?

Saliva makes many normal, everyday activities possible, thanks to its unique composition. Without saliva stimulating your taste buds, you'd miss out on the experience of a delicious meal. Plus, chewing and swallowing would be not only difficult — but dangerous. So, what is saliva made of and why is it so important? Learn more about the components of your saliva and how they work together to serve your oral and bodily health.

Where Does Saliva Come From?

Your mouth, nose, tongue, lips and even voice box are covered with hundreds of microscopic salivary glands, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. These minor salivary glands help release and retain the fluid in the mouth. But your major salivary glands do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to salivary flow. According to a study published in the International Journal of Oral Science (IJOS), the three main salivary glands located in your cheeks, jaw and the floor of your mouth are responsible for producing 90 percent of your saliva. These glands — the parotid, sublingual and submandibular — produce saliva and circulate it in your mouth through ducts, as noted by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

What Is Saliva Made Of?

A healthy person produces 600 milliliters of saliva every day, according to the IJOS study, and approximately 99 percent of that saliva is water. The remaining 1 percent contains a multitude of components, such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, immunoglobulins, proteins, enzymes and mucins, reports a paper in The New Zealand Dental Journal. These components of saliva, while only a small percentage of it, serve unique functions that are central to sustaining your health. Proteins

Per an article in the International Journal of Contemporary Dental and Medical Reviews (IJCDMR), proteins are the second leading component of saliva after water. Though proteins make up only a fraction of saliva's composition, they serve numerous functions. Proteins work as a first line of defense in eliminating oral bacteria and help form a protective layer on your teeth. They are also thought to aid in the ability to taste by interacting with taste receptors in your mouth.


The enzymes found in saliva are specific proteins responsible for sparking chemical reactions in your body that help begin the digestive process. For example, these enzymes assist in breaking down starches and fats in your mouth, according to the paper in The New Zealand Dental Journal.


You might equate mucin to the buildup of mucus that happens when you get a cold, but the mucin found in saliva aids in digestion. This specific protein helps you eat and swallow safely by keeping the mouth lubricated, as the paper in The New Zealand Dental Journal notes.


Electrolytes are minerals in your body, such as calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, reports the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Inside your mouth, these particular minerals help strengthen and harden your enamel, which in turn helps reduce your risk of cavities, according to the IJCDMR article.

The Importance of Saliva

All the components of saliva work together to help you eat, speak and keep your mouth clean every day. Here are just some of the many functions of saliva, as noted by the American Dental Association (ADA):

Defending against cavities

Washing away food debris

Allowing you to swallow and taste

Keeping your teeth strong

What's more, saliva could play a useful role in diagnosing health problems. Doctors can already use saliva to test for HIV infection and may be able to use it to detect oral cancer and genetic conditions in the near future, reports the NIH.

Because saliva is so important to your oral and overall health, it's important to consult your dentist or doctor if you are suffering from an inadequate saliva flow, also known as dry mouth. The ADA reports that sucking on sugar-free candy or gum can stimulate saliva production. However, you should seek professional advice if the problem persists to prevent more serious problems, such as tooth decay, from developing.

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Dental Poor Hygiene Is A Risky Businees

Your teeth are truly an amazing part of your body, and as beautiful as those pearly whites of yours can be, they are extremely important as well. Being responsible for breaking down food for consumption, obviously your teeth play a vital role in daily life. However, with such an important purpose, the hazards your teeth face on a regular basis are countless.

Indeed, your teeth are very tough, the constant wear and tear they endure is bound to take its toll.  Additionally, if your teeth are improperly cared for or neglected, this could spell disaster for your teeth in a variety of different ways!

First, let’s review the importance of oral hygiene.

Daily Oral Hygiene

It’s important for our littles to see us leading the way and setting an example. They pick up on our good habits AND our bad habits, that’s why oral hygiene is so important.

It can be way too easy to get into the habit of poor oral hygiene and you could be setting yourself up for unavoidable dental health issues.

Sadly, this has been the case for many people, as progressive diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease typically manifest slowly over several years, and rarely display any obvious symptoms until their latter stages.

Unfortunately, if these conditions have progressed to an advanced stage, the damage at that point may be irreversible.

Poor Oral Hygiene: The Consequences

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a condition in which harmful acidic particles build up in a person’s mouth over a prolonged period, slowly eroding the tooth’s protective outer layer and rendering it vulnerable. Unprotected, bacteria descend upon the tooth causing it to rapidly decay. Once a tooth has fallen into a state of decay, you are likely to experience increased tooth sensitivity, as well as the appearance of cavities and eventual breakage.

Tooth Decay: Signs & Symptoms

While not all of the symptoms listed here are definitive signs of tooth decay, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we recommend you contact your dental practitioner to receive a formal checkup. 

Unexplained toothaches or spontaneous tooth sensitivity

Moderate to severe pain while consuming hot/cold foods or drinks

Visible holes, stains, or crevices on a tooth’s surface

Chronic foul breath 

Alterations in bite or difficulty while chewing

Discoloration of tooth and surrounding gum line

Gum Disease

Although gum disease is a relatively familiar term to many people, the condition is often misunderstood and simply written off as little more than a minor nuisance. However, the truth is that gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue caused by excess plaque/bacteria build up around the teeth and gumline. When the gum tissue has become infected, inflammation of tissue surrounding the teeth will occur. Your gums may bleed while eating or brushing, this is often a tell-tale sign of gingivitis, or an early stage of gum disease.

Once gingivitis has been detected, we highly recommend that you visit your dentist (if you haven’t already) and begin taking a proactive role in treating the condition before it can spread any further. If the infection is allowed to progress further, it will continue to spread throughout the mouth, eventually affecting the teeth and jawbone. This is what’s known as periodontitis or periodontal disease, which is a later stage of gum disease, and unquestionably when the disease is at its worst.

Periodontal disease causes irreversible damage to the mouth and may destroy the entire jaw if severe enough. Perhaps most troubling of all is periodontal disease’s tendency to spread to other regions of the body or interact with other preexisting conditions, which could pose serious problems not only to your dental health, but your overall health!

Complications from Poor Oral Hygiene

While tooth decay and gum disease may not sound all that scary at first, the complications of either condition can truly be a nightmare! As alluded to earlier, if the bacteria produced by either condition enters the bloodstream it may likely travel to other areas of the body, spreading and worsening the infection.

If the infectious bacteria reach the heart, it will inflame the heart’s vessels, resulting in the formation of numerous blood clots. These blood clots will slowly begin to cut off the flow of blood, thereby choking the heart and forcing it to pump faster while producing less and less efficiently.

As a result of this, individuals suffering from severe tooth decay or periodontal disease, (or both) have a three times higher likelihood of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular-based complications. Additionally, tooth decay and more particularly gum disease, can also lead to the worsening of other chronic illnesses such as diabetes, or various types of cancer, which is likely to have serious if not fatal results.

Common Dental Problems

Although some of the most common dental problems are not exactly terms that are unfamiliar, the resulting ramifications of such dental health issues can have devastating effects on not just your oral health, but your general health as well.

Of course, we’ve already discussed the dangers of tooth decay and gum disease, listed below are some of the most common dental problems and health issues affecting patients today.

Foul Breath:

The condition known as halitosis or bad breath can certainly be the cause of social anxiety or embarrassment, however if this remains a persistent problem, there is likely an additional oral issue to blame. Chronic foul breath can be indicative of numerous issues such as cavities, dry mouth, gum disease, buildup on tongue, or even oral cancer.


Like foul breath, toothaches or tooth sensitivity can be a tell-tale sign that there may be additional dental health problems that perhaps have not been addressed. Tooth sensitivity may indicate undetected damage (such as cracks, chips or abscesses) or even the early symptoms of tooth decay. Regardless, if chronic toothaches are ignored, they are only likely to worsen over time.

Oral Cancer:

Oral cancer is an extremely aggressive type of cancer that is responsible for approximately 9,750 annual deaths in the U.S. alone, and remains a major health issue nationwide. While treatable in its early stages, if allowed to spread, oral cancer may not be able to be stopped, thereby having potentially fatal consequences. 

You may not know that these common dental problems can lead to additional health problems. 

Risk Factors

These dental health issues obviously pose some serious problems – not only for adults, but for children as well – however, by recognizing the various triggers or risk factors of some of these common dental problems, you may allow yourself to take the necessary precautionary measures to prevent such issues before they occur.

Improper Oral Hygiene: While this may seem like a given, unfortunately it can be very easy to fall into poor oral hygiene habits, and while this may not seem like a big deal, obviously it dose put you at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other related complications.

Dietary Habits: It’s certainly okay to enjoy the occasional treat, however if sugary drinks and snacks are a part of your daily diet, then you might consider cutting back on the sweets. Excess sugar can cause a number of alarming dental health concerns and oral problems are certainly no exception. If reeling in your sweet tooth is an issue, then it is essential that you practice proper oral hygiene.

Smoking/Tobacco Use: As you probably realize, excess tobacco use can be catastrophic on one’s oral health, and cigarette smoke is often the culprit of this. Tooth decay, gum disease, and of course oral cancer can all be caused by smoking, and the likelihood of tobacco users developing any of these issues is exponentially higher than that of nonusers. If you are a regular tobacco user, we strongly encourage you to seek professional counseling and to consider quitting. There’s also a new trend on the rise, vaping.

Infrequent Checkups: As a rule of thumb, most dentists agree that a dental appointment every six months is the best course of action, effectively resulting in two appointments per year. It’s important to remember that your dentist is trained to not only take care of your teeth, but also to recognize the signs of any additional health issues (both oral and otherwise). By not giving your dentist the time to give you a proper examination, you are preventing your dentist from detecting any health problems and allowing dental health issues to progress and worsen. 


When it comes to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, prevention is always the best route, therefore Dr. Kimes and his staff at Overland Park Dentistry are more than happy to provide you with the best guidance and treatment to address all your oral hygienic concerns or needs.

However, despite the various quality services that are available, it’s important to remember that the determining factor between good oral health and poor oral health always comes back basic oral hygiene. By taking the time to make sure you are correctly brushing, flossing, and caring for your teeth daily you are taking a crucial step in preventing dental health issues before they occur.

Remember consistency is key! By taking a few extra minutes each day to ensure you’re practicing proper oral hygiene and incorporating this into your daily routine until it becomes a habit, in sense you are acting as your own daily dentist! However, while daily hygienic consistency is in your hands, you should still make a point to schedule a routine dental checkup twice a year to make sure that your hygiene efforts are paying off and your teeth are strong and healthy.

by Overland Park Cosmetic Dentist

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Top Must-Do Teeth Brushing Tips For a Good Oral Health

Good oral health is a must to live a healthy lifestyle but we often do not prioritize it, unlike our other body parts. This is absolute injustice with oral health. Let us ask you a few questions. How often do you replace your toothbrush or what was the last time you replaced your toothbrush? It may be too long ago, right! Well, another question for you is- How often do you brush your teeth in a day? Of course, the answer is “one time in the morning” by the majority, right! One more question for you- How often do you clean your tongue? Well, you don’t need to answer because we know the facts. 

According to the databases of dentists in McKinney TX, a huge number of dental patients, more than half of the dental patients do not clean their tongue nicely. Some of them do not even clean it once a day. So, people are very careless about brushing teeth, giving time to properly cleaning the tongue, and overall oral health. This causes an occurrence of a number of different oral health problems such as gum bleeding, bad breath, yellow & stained teeth, cavity, infections, sensitivity, etc. Therefore, it is very important to take care of dental hygiene. 

In this detailed note, we have compiled top must-do brushing tips for maintaining dental hygiene and overall good oral health. By following the below-mentioned tips, you can live a healthy life and enhance the charming beauty of your smile. 


The teeth brushing tips we shared in this piece of dental information may seem very common things but when it comes to applying it into daily routine, very few people do it properly. Therefore, as a professional dental assistant, it is our duty to regularly aware you about your oral health, and we are doing the same through this piece of dental information. Make sure you not only read these tips but apply these to your daily routine. This will benefit you, not us. 


Every dental specialist and dentists in Mckinney TX suggest this to every dental patient but very few people follow this point. The reason could be that people do not want to be bothered brushing again & again a day. According to the dental patients we treat, this is the biggest reason they avoid brushing twice a day. Well, we don’t think brushing is a boring or bothering activity. It is a must-do activity and you must not be bothered brushing your teeth twice a day. It hardly takes 3-5 minutes to nicely brush and clean your teeth. So, you should brush your teeth twice a day. 

Furthermore, if you eat too much oily, spicy, and strong foods like non-veg and fast foods then you should brush your teeth after eating these foods. It is a must-do thing more than anything because some grain and particles of food are stuck between your teeth and stay too long. This causes tooth decay, infections, bad breath, teeth worms, and yellow & stained teeth. So, make sure you always brush your teeth after eating too much spicy and oily foods otherwise you can be in huge trouble in the near future. 


Brushing your teeth does not mean brushing your teeth only. It is about cleaning your teeth, cleaning your tongue, and removing all the food particles from teeth and gums. That means brushing your teeth means caring overall oral health. Tongue hygiene does not get as much attention as teeth cleaning. People often forget to clean their tongues when brushing while tongue cleaning is equally important. You can either use a tongue cleaning tool or your brush to properly clean your tongue. Dentists in McKinney TX highly recommend you maintain your tongue hygiene all day otherwise you will have to face bad and smelly breathing. It will not only build you up to disturb other people around you. So, whenever you brush your teeth, don’t forget to clean your tongue nicely. 


You clean your teeth twice a day in the morning and evening but you eat all day. You eat so many different spicy & oily dishes, fast foods, snacks, drinks, and sugar-rich items and some particles of these foods stay in your mouth all day. Sometimes, this causes food-flavor breath or smelly breath. This thing can lead you down among a few people when talking. Therefore, using mouthwash or mouth freshener repeatedly a day is a good option to maintain your oral hygiene and keep your surroundings full of fragrance. There are so many different brands’ mouthwashes and mouth fresheners are available in the market. Don’t choose any of them without consulting with dentists in McKinney TX. Make sure you consult first with a dentist and then buy a mouthwash and mouth freshener for maintaining your oral health.


At the starting of this piece of information, you were asked- how often do you replace your toothbrush? What is your answer? You probably replace your toothbrush every 6 months. Well! According to modern dentistry, a person should replace his/her toothbrush every three months because the toothbrush loses its effectiveness after three months. Also, they get rough and damaged that can cause gum injuries, gum bleeding, and lips injuries. Apart from this, fungus and bacteria can occur on your brushes after a certain period, and obviously, that is not good for your oral health. So, make sure you do not use a single brush for more than three months as it will be harmful to your oral health. 

by Valley Creek Dental Care

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Did You Know?...

The human mouth has one tongue, 32 teeth, and gums, which allows us to communicate (verbally and non-verbally) and gives us the ability to chew, swallow, and digest our food.

While it may seem simple, has been created a list of 25 facts about your mouth you probably didn’t know:

- Without saliva, we would not be able to taste anything.

- The inside of your mouth contains as many bacteria as there are people on Earth.

- Teeth start to form before you are even born but don’t come through until you are between 6 – 12 months old.

- Children have 20 teeth while adults have 32.

- Many diseases are linked to oral health including heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

- Close your mouth while swimming because chlorine can wear down enamel.

- Plaque is a residue that is made up of excess bacteria in the mouth.

- The tongue is the only muscle in the human body that works without any support from the skeleton.

- One third of your tooth is hidden underneath your gums.

- Green tea contains antiseptic properties, which can help to keep your gums healthy.

- There are approximately 10,000 taste buds in our mouth, of which most are located on the tongue.

- No two people have the same set of teeth. A person’s teeth are as unique as their fingerprint.

- We produce about 37,854 litres of saliva during our lives – enough to fill two swimming pools.

- An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over the course of their lifetime

- Smiling helps you live longer. Every time you smile, your body produces greater amounts of antibodies, giving you an immunity boost.

- The enamel on the surfaces of your teeth is the hardest substance in your whole body.

- We have four different types of teeth in our mouth: incisors, canine, premolars and molars.

- Teeth, like your bones, are alive. They have their own blood supply and nerves. A tooth can die.

- Relative to its size, the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.

- If you’re right handed, you tend to chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you favor chewing on your left side.

- If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning approximately 40% of the surfaces of your teeth.

- Surveys indicate that 50% of people say that someone’s smile is the first thing they notice.

- A tooth that gets knocked out will begin to die within 15 minutes.

- Humans have two sets of teeth in their lifetime, whereas sharks have 40.

- Modern toothpaste has only been available for the past 100 years.

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What Causes Your Teeth To Become Rough

Do your teeth feel smooth to the touch when you run your tongue over them? Or, do they have a rough surface? Those with rough teeth should get their teeth checked by a dentist as it is a sure sign that your teeth need some attention. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the common causes of tooth erosion and also some of the solutions that can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamt of.

Tartar and plaque

Plaque and tartar are the most common causes for your teeth feeling rough to the touch. While plaque can normally be dealt with by brushing alone, tartar will need the help of a dentist to get rid of as it is a hardened build-up of plaque. Tartar can lead to gum disease as well as tooth decay. A dental hygienist will normally be able to clear away tartar builds up with a simple scale and polish.

Eroded enamel

Enamel is the protective surface of the tooth and over time this can erode away and leave holes, pits and other damage in the surface of the tooth. This can cause surface staining but also bigger problems such as sensitivity for hot and cold products as well as toothache. If left untreated then eroded enamel will lead to you needing a filling or root canal treatment. Luckily there are a couple of alternative preventative measures that can help stop further damage to the enamel and protect your teeth prior to needing a filling or root canal.

Composite bonding

This is the first method and often the best fit for those with very minor damage to the enamel on their teeth. Using a specially formulated composite your dentist will bond this to the surface of your teeth to help replace and worn away enamel. One of the advantages of composite bonding is that it requires zero surgery, but as the composite used is porous it can deteriorate over time and may need replacing.

Porcelain veneers

The second option and one of the most effective is to replace the damaged enamel with a porcelain veneer. These offer a long lasting and strong alternative to composite bonding and will help to give you beautiful looking teeth. As porcelain veneers need to be bonded to the tooth the process requires a fine layer of your tooth’s enamel to be removed in order to take an impression. Veneers are then produced in the laboratory and then fitted by your dentist.

Veneers can take up to 2 weeks to produce during which time you will be provided with temporary veneers to protect your teeth. So if you’ve noticed that your teeth are rough or they have started to become sensitive, then it’s time to book an appointment with your dentist to help prevent enamel damage before it’s too late.

by Smile Pad UK

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Seven Facts About Your Tongue

The tongue is one of the most important parts of a person's mouth, yet it is also one of the most neglected. There are many who even forget to clean their tongues when cleaning their mouth.

The tongue serves a critical purpose as it helps you to taste things. Also, talking would be impossible without it. Here are seven interesting facts about the human tongue:

7 interesting facts about the tongue

1. It is made up of eight muscles

The tongue is not the strongest muscle in the body, but it is one of the most flexible. That is why it is possible to use it all day long without it ever becoming fatigued. The strongest muscles in the body are the quads and glutes which can create the largest amounts of force.

2. Tongues are four inches long on average

The average person's tongue is about four inches long from the inside to the tip. The longest tongue ever measured is about twice that size.

3. The color of a person's tongue tells a story

The color of a person's tongue can be an indication of a serious health issue. It is pink when healthy, but allergies and infections can change its color to red. A blistered tongue might be a sign of a negative reaction to certain allergy and blood pressure medications, while fungal infections can lead to white patches all over the tongue.

The texture of the tongue also tells a story. When it is too smooth, that can be a sign that the person is deficient of essential minerals like folic acid, iron and vitamin B12.

4. Those bumps on your tongue are not taste buds

The small pink and white bumps on a person's tongue are not taste buds like many people seem to think. These are called papillae and they house the taste buds, which cannot be seen by the naked eye.

5. There are taste buds all over the tongue

All parts of a person's tongue are capable of tasting a wide range of things. There are charts that divide the tongue into different areas that only taste sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes, but that is only done for the sake of simplicity. In reality, every part of the tongue is capable of detecting different tastes.

6. There are thousands of taste buds on a person's tongue

A tongue contains anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 taste buds. Some die off every couple of weeks and they are replaced with new ones.

7. Being able to roll the tongue is not always genetic

While genetics often determine who can roll their tongues, some people are able to learn how to do it with practice. The evidence proves that environmental factors can also determine if a person is able to roll their tongue.

You only have one tongue, so it is important that you take good care of it. Failing to do so can inhibit your ability to speak or taste things, and it can lead to bad breath.

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