Tobacco use can increase your risk for a number of different health problems. When you limit the discussion to your oral health, you can still find several issues (oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease) you can be more likely to suffer due to tobacco use. One hard to miss issue is the effect on your smile. Tobacco products can leave you with stains that dull your smile, and leave it with an unflattering yellowish quality. To eliminate the stains that have built up, you can discuss cosmetic treatment with your dentist. A professional whitening treatment will break up accumulated stains in your teeth, which can bring them back to a whiter appearance. Continue reading “What Can Be Done About Teeth Stained From Tobacco Use”
You may have an extra bone in your mouth and not know it. If you do it is called a torus–a harmless, slow-growing bone. Tori is plural for torus. Tori vary in size and are often found via dental x-rays. Because Tori are harmless and usually don’t cause pain or other problems, they often go unnoticed. Do you have an extra bone in your mouth?
Cavities are most common in children and young adults, but they can develop at any age. According to statistics, 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have experienced cavities in their permanent teeth. As you can see cavities are common. One of the major reasons there is so much tooth decay is because our diets overwhelmingly consist of sugars and starches. Lack of proper oral hygiene is another reason. Are some people at a higher risk for cavities than others? And if so who? Are you at risk for cavities?
Do you have an aphthous ulcer? You may have had, at one time or another. They aren’t very common, but they can be very uncomfortable. Have you ever had a sore in your mouth? Chances are you have. It may have only lasted a day or two then you probably forgot all about it. In most cases, mouth sores go away by themselves. Is there a difference between an aphthous ulcer and a mouth sore? Find out by reading the aphthous ulcer FAQs below.
What is stomatitis? No, it is not a stomach disease. “Stoma” is latin for “mouth” and “itis” is the suffix for inflammatory diseases. Therefore, stomatitis is a sore or inflammation that occurs in your mouth. Stomatitis sounds more serious than it is but it can be uncomfortable. It can make eating, drinking, and speaking difficult. Learn more about stomatitis, its symptoms, and treatments, by taking the true or false quiz below.
Do you ever end up confused when trying to choose a toothpaste? With the many different brands and varieties on the market it is easy to become confused. Which toothpaste is right for you? Do you have sensitive teeth? Do you have gingivitis, periodontal disease, bad breath? Are you hoping to get your teeth a few shades whiter, or is your only concern fighting cavities? Read on to find out if the toothpaste you’re using is the right toothpaste for you.
Many people don’t like the winter months because they are so cold and dreary. Other people love winter activities such as skiing, ice skating, and snowmobiling. Still other people find the winter months a cozy time to hunker down indoors and read, watch TV, spend time on their hobby, play games with family, etc. Regardless of how you choose to spend the winter, there is one thing we all have in common and that’s keeping warm. Warm beverages are a very popular way to keep warm during the winter months, but what effect do they have on your teeth?
You learned about digestion in biology; that it begins with chewing and ends with…well you know. What does that have to do with your dental health? Without teeth you can’t chew. Take our true or false quiz to find out how much you still remember about digestion and what it has to do with your dental health.
The holidays are a festive time of year. People decorate their homes to the hilt with lights, trees, garland, and…mistletoe. There isn’t just an abundance of decorations and festivities during the holidays, there is also an abundance of bacteria being transferred from person to person by shaking hands, hugging, tasting each other’s drinks (not recommended), and…kissing. Yes, just one 10-second kiss under the mistletoe can transfer 80 million bacteria. Did you kiss under the mistletoe this holiday season?
Most likely you’ve been to the dentist twice a year for most of your life, but do you always know what your dental team is talking about? How about when you read dental blogs or articles to keep up on your oral health? Do you understand all of the technical terms? Probably not, unless you are a dentist, studying to be a dentist, are a hygienist, or studying to be a hygienist. If you haven’t studied the field of dentistry or worked in the field of dentistry then this blog is for you. Today we learn some common dental terms.