Keeping Your Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

pregnancyKeeping your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy have many benefits for you and your baby. Your body undergoes many changes during pregnancy and some of these can affect the health of your gums and teeth. During pregnancy our hormones change. Fluctuating hormones can cause dental problems or make existing dental problems worse, like loose teeth, gum disease, pregnancy tumors on gums and tooth decay. The most common issue pregnant women experience is pregnancy gingivitis and it typically settles down after a mother gives birth.

To avoid irritated and inflamed gums from gingivitis, we recommend a solid routine of proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing, and using a mouthwash. Continue reading Keeping Your Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Foods and Drinks to Avoid to Maintain White Teeth

white-teethStains and discolorations on your teeth are unattractive. They occur slowly, and you may not even notice them until a picture or a reflection suddenly reveals the truth, your teeth are gray, yellow or brown. Teeth can become stained for many reasons, but one of the most common is food.

Coffee, Tea and Cola
These are favorite drinks that wake us up in the morning and keep us going in the afternoon, but their dark colors may leave more than an energized sensation in their wake. If your teeth look more yellow than white, you may have your favorite drinks to blame. Continue reading Foods and Drinks to Avoid to Maintain White Teeth

Healthy Options for Teeth and Gums

healthy-teethA diet rich on vegetables, nuts and fruits
A strong immune system is very important to help fight inflammation and bacteria. Essential vitamins and antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables and nuts help protect gums and teeth as well as keep them clean and give the breath some freshness.

The absence of Smoking or the use of Tobacco
The single worst thing one can do for their oral health is smoking. Using tobacco causes not only oral cancer but also cancer of the throat and lungs. It can also put one at higher risk for gum disease, recession, tooth decay and staining that is difficult to remove. Smokeless tobacco is particularly risky when it comes to oral cancer. Continue reading Healthy Options for Teeth and Gums

How Eating Disorders Affect Teeth

eating-disorderThere are a lot of repercussions to the teeth in the mouth of a person battling eating disorders. Such negative effects could include the loss of teeth, gum problems and erosion of the enamel on the tongue side of the teeth due to the acids involved in bulimia. In addition, people with eating disorders lack nutrients that can result in osteoporosis, weakening of the bones in the jaw that support the teeth and this may lead to tooth loss. More so, many individuals with such disorders suffer from bleeding gums, burning of the tongue and dry mouth due to decreased salivary flow and swollen glands.

A dentist’s intervention should take place to treat any damaged teeth. Professional help is received when the dentist knows the patient’s background, particularly regarding an eating disorder, so it’s important to be honest about it. Continue reading How Eating Disorders Affect Teeth

Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

periodontal-diseaseAs plaque builds up in your mouth, it mineralizes to become tartar. The longer this build up occurs, the more the tartar can invade below your gumline. Tartar will cause your gums to detach from your bone creating deeper periodontal pockets and allowing greater access for bacteria to burrow further. This is the cycle of periodontal disease. Your gums will become red and inflamed as your immune system tries to fight the bacteria in your periodontal pockets.

Scaling And Root Planing
Scaling and root planing or a “deep cleaning” is a non-surgical periodontal therapy that removes accessible calculus (tartar), bacterial toxins, and etiological agents that cause inflammation to the gum tissue and surrounding bone. The goal of scaling and root planing is to eliminate disease and return the supporting structures of the teeth to a healthy state that can be maintained by home care and professional maintenance appointments at our office. Continue reading Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing

All About Dental Crowns

dental-crownsA crown is a dental cap that is put on a damaged tooth to help restoring its size, shape and strength, covering the entire visible part of the tooth.

There are many reasons for getting a dental crown:

  • It restores a tooth that is already broken or worn out;
  • Helps to shield a tooth from decay or cracking;
  • It helps to anchor a dental bridge;
  • It hides discolored or misplaced teeth;
  • It hides dental implants;
  • It acts as a protective cap in case the tooth had a root canal treatment.

Continue reading All About Dental Crowns

Top 10 Ways to Keep your Gums Healthy

gumsThere are several unique ways to keep your gums healthy and maintain a regular oral hygiene. Here are a few easy and practical methods, prescribed by doctors.

Intake of Vitamin C: foods rich in vitamin C can help in avoiding any gum diseases or infections. Fruits like strawberries, papayas, oranges, grapes and lemons are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that are not only healthy for your body but are also beneficial for your gums. They help with the growth of body tissues and with the regeneration of bones. Rubbing lemon juice and a little bit of salt on irritated gums can also temporarily relieve pain. Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Keep your Gums Healthy

How to Prevent Dry Socket after Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

socket-depthDry socket can occur after having wisdom teeth removed and can be an extremely painful, unpleasant condition, albeit only temporary. It is more likely to occur where lower wisdom teeth have been removed, rather than the upper ones. Fortunately it affects fewer than 5% of patients, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent it.

A socket is simply a hole in the bone where the tooth was extracted. It will fill with blood which then clots and protects the bone and nerves underneath until healing takes place. The blood clot is essential to healing. If the blood clot is dislodged this can lead to dry socket. Continue reading How to Prevent Dry Socket after Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

When To See a Periodontist

periodontistMany people stand the risk of getting gum disease because of poor oral hygiene. Consequently, they might need to visit a periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Most dentists can routinely treat a mild type of gum disease. However, if the gum disease is progressed to a complicated state, most dentists prefer that the patient see a specialist for an in depth assessment. A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum disease such as periodontitis and gingivitis. Some of the services a periodontist offer include: tooth extraction; deep gum cleaning; placement of implants, root therapy; cosmetic dental procedures and any type of surgery to the jaw bone.

Having good oral hygiene is important to maintain healthy gums and for preventing periodontal disease. When you don’t brush and floss at least twice daily, you allow plaque to build up on your teeth. Over time, the plaque turns into tartar, which leads to inflammation and eventually infection of the gums. Continue reading When To See a Periodontist

What Is the Difference Between Cavities, Decay & Caries?

cavitiesGood dental hygiene is important to keep teeth whole and healthy. The idea is to prevent dental caries. Caries is the disease that leads to tooth decay and cavities. That is simple enough to say, but what are caries, tooth decay, and cavities? What do they do to your teeth, and how are they prevented? Here is a look at what they are and how they are related.

What Is Caries
Caries is a disease process. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in the food you eat and produce acids that leach minerals from your teeth. As the mineral levels in the tooth decrease, a white patch appears where the tooth enamel is getting weaker. This is the beginning of tooth decay. At this point the damage might be reversible with fluoride. Continue reading What Is the Difference Between Cavities, Decay & Caries?