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Here are a few important ways you can help keep your healthy smile. We can give you more tips and advice when you visit us.
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
• Floss every day.
• Visit your dentist for a dental exam and cleaning at least every 6 months, or as recommended.
• Check your gums to make sure they’re pink and that the gum line hugs teeth tightly (your gums
should not bleed when you brush).
• Stop smoking. Smoking puts you at risk for oral cancer and infection.
Taking care of your oral health through regular dental care means you'll be able to talk, smile and eat comfortably. If you're experiencing tooth loss or other health issues, or if you simply want to prevent problems, we want to help.
Common Dental Issues
Here are some common dental issues you may be experiencing. You can learn about what causes them, their symptoms and the types of treatment that can help solve them. In some cases you may need to seek help, but for others you'll learn some simple solutions.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is the third most frequent reason for seeing a dentist, after tooth decay and periodontal diseases. Causes include infrequent brushing and flossing, gum disease, dry mouth, smoking and diet.
Strategies for combating chronic halitosis include using a tongue scraper, chewing sugarless gum, gargling with mouthwash and drinking lots of water. ALWAYS follow good oral hygiene guidelines, which include regular brushing and flossing.
A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Cavities occur after decay has worn away the tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay and cavities is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly. Eat healthy foods and avoid foods high in sugar.
Saliva is needed to help your mouth wash away food debris and control bacteria. Dry mouth is caused by the reduced flow of saliva. Symptoms of dry mouth include hoarseness, persistent sore throat, problems swallowing and dry nasal passages. Certain medications and diseases can cause dry mouth. Smoking or chewing tobacco can aggravate dry mouth conditions.
If you suffer from dry mouth, give us a call today or come visit us to discuss different treatment methods.
Gum disease, sometimes called periodontal disease, can cause your gums to bleed or become infected, swollen or tender. Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, is usually painless, which means that you may not be able to detect it on your own. At the root of gum disease is infection caused by bacteria. Like many infections, gum disease can be treated with an antibiotic.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call today or come visit us to schedule a dental exam. Early detection of gum disease can prevent more extensive and costly treatment in later years. The longer you wait, the worse it can get.
Many people are affected by TMJ. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone on each side of the head. The joint is stabilized by muscles that make it possible to open and close the mouth. Severe pain, discomfort or tenderness in or around these joints is referred to as a TMJ disorder. Common symptoms include:
• Tenderness or pain in the face, jaw and ear
• Chewing difficulty or discomfort
• Painful clicking of the jaw
• Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
• Locking jaw or teeth that don't come together properly while biting or chewing
If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, give us a call today or come visit us to discuss.
Tooth sensitivity is very common. It's frequently caused by hot or cold beverages and foods and sweets. Some people can also notice sensitivity from brushing or flossing. Fortunately, it is easily treated with fluoride treatments that can help strengthen the enamel and improve your sensitivity.
Also, try using a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth.
Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. If erosion is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss.
To protect against tooth erosion, brush and floss regularly, visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups, and avoid sugary foods. Also, try using a straw when drinking carbonated beverages or other sweet drinks, such as natural fruit juices, which are very acidic.
Smoking has a negative impact on every facet of your health, and all forms of tobacco can cause dental problems. Smokers and tobacco users are at greater risk of developing oral cancer and gum disease. Tobacco products cause permanent stains which cannot be removed by brushing, and smoking can also cause a heavy build-up of tartar, requiring more frequent dental cleanings.