Smoking and Dental Health (2)

How Does Tobacco Damage Gums? Smoking has many effects on the mouth that can lead to the weakening of gums and development of periodontal disease. Smokers are 64.2 percent more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers. More than 40 percent of all periodontal disease in the United States is attributable to smoking. The problem…

5 Ways To Prevent Tooth Decay Gum Disease

Nearly all American adults experience forms of tooth decay and gum disease, most commonly in the form of cavities and gingivitis detected during routine dental visits. Cavities and gingivitis are common, and start as small concerns, but when left untreated they can quickly escalate to more severe dental disease. Despite what statistics may suggest, keeping…

Blueberries could help fight gum disease, reduce antibiotic use

WILD blueberry extract could prevent the formation of dental plaque and possibly replace mouthwash as an antibiotic-free means to fight gum disease, according to a new study. The research team demonstrated that the extract, whose key ingredient is polyphenol, fights foodborne pathogens in addition to a species of bacteria most commonly associated with periodontitis. In…

What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers, with roughly 35,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. The vast majority of oral cancers occur in people older than 50 years, with men being twice as likely as women to develop the disease. The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the…

All about x-rays

Dental x-rays are a valuable part of dental treatment because they can detect damage to teeth and gums not visible during a routine checkup. X-rays can show the condition of your teeth, their roots, your jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree…

The heart and mouth connection: How heart disease and oral health link

Did you know that heart disease and oral health are linked? There are two different connections between heart disease and your oral health: Studies have shown that people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums. Oral health holds clues to overall health. Studies…

Smoking, Gum Disease, and Tooth Loss

What Is Gum Disease? Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the gums and can affect the bone structure that supports your teeth. In severe cases, it can make your teeth fall out. Smoking is an important cause of severe gum disease in the United States. Gum disease starts with bacteria (germs) on your teeth…

Tooth Decay Process (1): How to Reverse It and Avoid a Cavity

You probably know that a dental cavity is a hole in a tooth. But did you know that a cavity is the result of the tooth decay process that happens over time? Did you know that you can interrupt and even reverse this process to avoid a cavity?   What’s inside our mouths? Our mouths…

Children: How Tooth Decay Can Be Prevented

Tooth decay can be prevented if parents make sure that children follow three important strategies: Remove Dental Plaque from Teeth by Brushing Twice a Day — Brushing tiny ones’ teeth twice a day decreases the chance of tooth decay. Make sure to use toothpaste with fluoride, which strengthens the enamel on teeth, according to these age-appropriate recommendations:…

10 Toothbrush Mistakes — and How to Fix Them

Admit it — brushing your teeth is so second nature you barely think about it. But doing it right is a key part of good oral health, and it can help you avoid cavities and gum disease. Brush up on your skills with these easy-to-follow tips. 1. Choose the Right Tool Do you have the right…

How To Spot A Cavity Before It’s Too Late

Many patients are surprised to hear that around 60 percent of school children and nearly 100 percent of all adults worldwide have at least one minor cavity. Even more surprising is the fact that a vast majority of cavities are preventable with the proper oral hygiene habits at home and regular dental checkups. Here is…

5 Surprising Ways You’re Seriously Hurting Your Teeth

When it comes to cavities, there are the usual suspects to blame: soda, sugar, shoddy brushing. But other chomper wreckers may fill your daily routine, too. Keep reading for 5 unexpected dental culprits—and the best ways to stop them. CARDIO Long cardio workouts may take a toll on your pearly whites, a new German study…