The Problem With a Tooth Abscess

tooth ache from abscessFighting oral bacteria is a constant battle you face in your life, as the microorganisms will produce acid to attack your teeth and then cause tooth decay. Unless your teeth’s enamel is strong enough to prevent this. If tooth decay does begin and a cavity is created, it will continue until we fill the tooth, because your teeth are incapable of repairing themselves. If the decay is never stopped, a tooth abscess can form, which can cause more problems for your oral health. (more…)

How to Treat TMJ Disorders

woman using ice packYou have two TMJs (temporomandibular joints) that connect your lower jaw to your skull. These joints are what allow you to talk and chew. However, TMJ disorders can interfere with the effectiveness of your joints, causing pain, a locked jaw, and/or difficulty chewing. Prevention is difficult because researchers don’t know what exactly causes these problems. If you have been diagnosed by your dentist with a TMJ disorder, there are several treatments you can try at home to ease your discomfort. (more…)

The Purpose of Enamel

enamel layerWhen plaque sticks to your teeth, the bacteria inside of it produces acid that attacks your enamel. While your enamel, the outer layer of the teeth, is the strongest substance in your body, the acid can eventually wear a hole in it, and cause a cavity. This can lead to the infection of your teeth, so protecting your enamel is extremely important to your oral health. There are many facts about enamel that can help you better understand the nature of this important defense mechanism. (more…)

Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency

dental emergencyDental emergencies can happen at any time due to events such as an accident that knocks out a tooth, biting down on hard food (like ice or hard candy), or any unexpected event that compromises your oral health. Therefore, it is important to be prepared for an emergency by knowing what constitutes one, and what to do when a problem occurs. There are specific guidelines you can follow in case of most dental emergencies that will help you protect and preserve your tooth after trauma. (more…)

Worried About Tooth Decay? Why You Should Be

woman worried about tooth decayYou have plenty to worry about when it comes to your smile. Are your teeth still bright? Is there anything stuck between them? Is that slight sensitivity something you should worry about? Tooth decay, however, comes with its own unique set of worries, such as are you at risk for it, do you already have it, and how bad can it actually be? As the most common dental health issue, you should be especially worried about tooth decay and the cavities they leave in their wake. (more…)

Answers to Your Questions About Porcelain Veneers

happy about porcelain veneersIf you want to change your teeth because you’re unhappy about their appearance, then you may have heard about porcelain veneers and their ability to completely makeover your smile. Nevertheless, reading about them isn’t the same as consulting with your cosmetic dentist about how veneers can specifically improve your smile. To help you better understand their purpose and perks, we answer a few of the more common questions about porcelain veneers. (more…)

Common Questions About Burning Mouth Syndrome

fire extinguisherBurning mouth syndrome is a chronic condition that may not have an obvious source or treatment. The syndrome can afflict your tongue, gums, lips, the inside of your cheeks, and roof of your mouth with a burning sensation that may last for months to years at different intervals during the day. If you experience it, then talk to your dentist to determine if you have burning mouth syndrome. We can then prescribe medication or another treatment that should help improve your symptoms. (more…)

Preventing Oral Health Problems as You Age

elderly patient smilingAs you age, you may face more oral health issues than you did in the past, as elderly patients tend to experience more dental issues. Despite this, cavities and tooth loss are not a natural part of aging. Instead, medication, plaque buildup, and arthritis, which can prevent you from brushing your teeth properly, can cause additional health concerns you may not have had to deal with before. However, oral health problems in elderly patients can be prevented or minimized through constant care and protective measures. (more…)

The Worst Foods For Your Teeth

unhealthy foodsThere are many foods you can eat to replenish the minerals in your enamel or neutralize acid created by bacteria. However, some foods do the opposite for your teeth, promoting acid or sticking to your teeth long after you’re finished eating. Some of these foods may even be useful to the rest of your body for providing nutrients, but promote decay in your teeth. To protect your oral health, reduce the amount of certain harmful foods that you eat. (more…)

The Best Foods for Your Teeth

healthy foodThe foods you eat can have a big impact your oral health as well as your overall health. Eating nutritious foods can make your teeth and gums healthier, and reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The ADA recommends that you follow nutritionist’s guides for healthy eating, such as choosing fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. There are also some specific healthy foods that can promote oral health that you can add to your diet to maintain your bright smile. (more…)