Stress and Oral Habits

Stress and Oral Habits Bruxing Teeth grinding and clenching are common habits, but that doesn’t mean they are harmless. Stresses from the powerful forces generated by grinding and clenching (also known as “bruxing”) can wear down teeth or even loosen them. Teeth...

Professional Teeth Cleanings

Professional Teeth Cleanings Preventive Procedures Even if you brush and floss your teeth faithfully, it is important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. (Of course, if you aren’t quite so meticulous about your oral hygiene,...

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry Preventive Dentistry Procedures You’ve no doubt heard it said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In dentistry, you might say it’s worth two pounds. Maybe even thousands of dollars. That’s because dental...

Pregnancy, Hormones and Oral Health

Pregnancy, Hormones & Oral Health Physical and Emotional Changes You probably know that many physical and emotional changes you will experience during pregnancy result from an increase in the levels of certain hormones — the chemicals that regulate many important...

Osteoporosis and Oral Health

Osteoporosis & Oral Health Weak Bones Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones and makes them more prone to fracture. Estimated to affect about 10 million Americans at present, it causes some 2 million fractures each year — and as our population ages, these...

Oral Piercings

Oral Piercings Tongue Bolts, Cheek Studs, and Lip Rings At the present time, oral piercings such as tongue bolts, cheek studs, and lip rings seem to be in vogue among a certain number of young people. Whether you find these bodily adornments appealing or repulsive is...

Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer Signs and Symptoms Cancer is a scary word, but the more you know about it, the better able you will be to protect yourself and the ones you love. This is particularly true of oral cancer, which is very treatable if caught early. Unfortunately, about...

Nutrition and Oral Health

Nutrition and Oral Health Maintaining a Balanced Diet You probably already realize that maintaining a balanced diet offers a host of benefits to your overall health. But did you know diet also directly affects the health of your teeth and gums? It all starts before...

Geographic Tongue

Geographic Tongue Tongue Lesions Geographic tongue is characterized by harmless lesions, or patches, that can suddenly materialize on the tongue’s top surface. The condition gets its name from the physical appearance of the lesions, which resemble smooth, red...

Fluoride

Fluoride Naturally Present Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present to some degree in both fresh and salt water sources. Its major dental benefit is that it is readily incorporated into the teeth’s mineral structure, thereby making them stronger and more...

Eating Disorders and Oral Health

Eating Disorders and Oral Health Bulimia and Tooth Erosion Millions of people in the United States, particularly teenage girls and young women, suffer from health-threatening eating disorders, and dentists are often the first to spot the signs. Why? The repeated,...

Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth Xerostomia Everybody gets a dry mouth from time to time. Temporary mouth dryness can be brought on by dehydration, stress, or simply the normal reduction in saliva flow at night. But persistent mouth dryness, a condition known as xerostomia, is cause for...

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes and Oral Health Chronic Inflammatory Diseases Diabetes is a group of chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the body’s ability to process sugar. If you have diabetes, it is particularly important to maintain excellent oral health. That’s...

Blood Pressure Medications and Your Gums

Blood Pressure Medications and Your Gums Calcium Channel Blockers Before prescribing any medications — even lifesaving ones, such as those used to reduce blood pressure or prevent epileptic seizures — your health care professionals carefully weigh the benefits a drug...

Bad Breath

Bad Breath Halitosis Bad Breath, or halitosis, is an embarrassing problem that affects millions. To combat it, many people use breath mints, chewing gum, sprays and mouthwashes. In fact, Americans spend billions of dollars each year on these products — even though...

Antibiotic Premedication for Dental Treatments

Antibiotic Premedication for Dental Treatments Antibiotic Prophylaxis Antibiotics are widely prescribed to control bacterial infections. Sometimes they are given before a medical or dental procedure, to prevent a possible infection from occurring; this practice is...

Aging and Dental Health

Aging and Dental Health Dental Concerns for Older Adults Today, Americans are not only living longer — we’re also retaining our natural teeth longer than ever before. But this rosy picture isn’t free of thorns: Older adults tend to require increasingly...

Oral Health

Oral Health Stay Healthy What does the phrase “oral health” mean to you? No new cavities at your dental checkup? That’s certainly part of it. But it’s really so much more than a lack of tooth decay. Good oral health means a mouth that’s...