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Why Is It Important to Treat and Restore Soft Gum Tissue?

Why Is It Important to Treat and Restore Soft Gum Tissue?

By | Dental Technology, Dental Visit, Oral Health

If your dentist or periodontist has recently told you that you need to have a soft tissue graft to restore your delicate gum tissue, do not panic.  The gum graft may be necessary to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of gum recession. Gum recession is when the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away from the tooth, exposing the tooth and the tooth’s root. A soft tissue graft is done by taking gum tissue from one part of the…

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Take These Steps to Maintain Healthy Teeth as You Get Older

Take These Steps to Maintain Healthy Teeth as You Get Older

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

The good news is that American adults are living longer. The average age in the United States is increasing, so it is important to maintain good oral health habits for teeth to continue to function properly. Older Americans need to maintain a healthy diet and have regular check-ups with their dentist. The elderly often take a variety of medications (on average 9 to 13 prescriptions per month) which may have side effects that can impact your oral health. Chronic health…

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Consider These Factors Before Having Wisdom Teeth Removed

Consider These Factors Before Having Wisdom Teeth Removed

By | Uncategorized

Most people have wisdom teeth, which are located in the back of each quadrant of the mouth.  They typically start to emerge around the ages of 17 to 21.  Many adults have their wisdom teeth extracted because they are impacted and never quite push through the gum tissue. It is important to have regular check-ups with your dentist to have your wisdom teeth examined and to determine whether they should be removed. How Do I Know If I Need My…

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How Safe is it to Brush Your Teeth with Baking Soda?

How Safe is it to Brush Your Teeth with Baking Soda?

By | Cosmetic, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Baking soda has been used for a variety of purposes throughout the centuries for health and household uses.  It has been used as an alternative for traditional over the counter toothpaste to brush teeth, to help freshen, clean and brighten laundry, as a cleaning tool to unclog a drain when mixed with vinegar, and in many food recipes since it is safe to digest. Many people think of baking soda as a “do-all” product since it can be used in…

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Bleaching Your Teeth Too Much May Cause Damage

Bleaching Your Teeth Too Much May Cause Damage

By | Cosmetic

Everyone is interested in looking their best and having a brighter smile. Seeking professional teeth whitening in moderation may help achieve these goals, however, some patients aren’t satisfied with the results of their treatments.  Some patients seek frequent and excessive teeth whitening sessions in an attempt to emulate images of their favorite Hollywood celebrities and their dazzling smiles. There can be an obsession which leads to over-bleaching one’s teeth to make them look as white as possible; this is a…

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What are 5 Common Dental Problems that Affect Adults?

What are 5 Common Dental Problems that Affect Adults?

By | Oral Health, Uncategorized

Taking good care of your teeth is important no matter how old you are, but as you age, your risk factor for oral health issues increases.  The good news is that many problems can be prevented with a combination of good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular visits to your dentist.  Here are five common oral health issues that affect adults and what you can do to alleviate these problems. Missing Teeth The average adult between ages 20 and…

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Pros and Cons of Dentures vs Dental Implants

Pros and Cons of Dentures vs Dental Implants

By | Cosmetic, Oral Health

Missing teeth may not only affect your appearance, but may lead to a variety of oral health issues.  A gap in your teeth may impact how you speak or eat.  A missing molar may affect how you chew your food.  Remaining teeth surrounding your gap in teeth may begin to shift or become crooked, and bone loss may occur around the missing tooth.  The good news is there are a variety of treatment options to replace a lost tooth that…

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Is It Time for a Deep Cleaning to Help Prevent Gum Disease?

Is It Time for a Deep Cleaning to Help Prevent Gum Disease?

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

How your smile looks is very important, but did you know that a portion of your smile is below the gum line?  That’s why taking good care of your gums is essential to your overall oral health, and a deep cleaning is sometimes necessary.  A deep cleaning is known as scaling and root planing, and involves the removing of plaque and tartar that have built up below the gum line.  Build up below the gum line is an invitation for…

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Smiling Bright? These Foods Could Stain Your Teeth.

Smiling Bright? These Foods Could Stain Your Teeth.

By | Cosmetic, Dental Visit, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

The yellowing or staining of teeth is not just a problem for the older generation but for younger patients as well. There are many foods that will lead to the staining of your teeth – which is causing us to see stained teeth more and more among adolescents and children. There are three primary culprits that cause tooth staining. Chromogens – Chromogens are compounds in your food and drink that cause deep pigmentation and easily stick to your tooth enamel. Tannins…

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What You Need to Know to Maintain Healthy Teeth with Braces

What You Need to Know to Maintain Healthy Teeth with Braces

By | Cosmetic, Oral Hygiene

It can be frustrating when trying to brush those areas of your teeth that are difficult to clean or hard to reach when you wear traditional braces. Your dentist will always encourage you to brush your braced teeth after every meal and right before you go to sleep each night. Here are some recommendations that may help keep your braced teeth clean while making sure you do not harm or damage the dental appliances.  Be particularly careful with the type…

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