What Is Root Canal Treatment For?

Tooth decay is a common threat, but for most patients who experience it, it’s often treated before it becomes a serious one. If it’s still mild or moderate, then you may be able to fill the cavity the decay has caused and protect the rest of your tooth structure from it. However, tooth decay isn’t always addressed in its earlier stages, and when it’s allowed to reach the inner areas of your tooth, filling it might not be enough. Fortunately, that’s what root canal treatment is for – to remove the more severe infection from inside of your tooth’s chambers to save and preserve the healthy,  natural tooth structure that remains. (more…)

Why Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Popular for Treating Cavities

One of the reasons why tooth fillings are popular is because they’re often the most effective solution for restoring a tooth that’s affected by a cavity. As a product of tooth decay resulting from oral bacteria buildup, cavities affect a majority of people at least once in their lives, and tooth fillings are the typical solution for dealing with one. However, more modern, tooth-colored fillings are popular for more than their effectiveness at filling cavities, but also for their highly successful results and lifelike appearance. (more…)

Problems with Having Bruxism

Some of the most common dental health concerns, like tooth decay and gum disease, typically develop from the accumulation of oral bacteria. That’s why sticking to a good hygiene routine every day is essential to keeping your smile healthy. However, bruxism (or chronic teeth-grinding) doesn’t develop from oral bacteria or poor dental hygiene. Instead, bruxism is often caused by one or more underlying oral health factors, and the damage that it can lead to is caused by your teeth themselves. Today, we take a look at the problems with having bruxism, including what it could mean for your smile and a few important facts about protecting your smile from it. (more…)

How to Know When Gingivitis Has Become a Problem

For many people, gum disease doesn’t seem like a real and present danger to their smiles. They may recognize that it can pose a threat, but unless you’ve already developed gum disease, that threat can seem abstract and far away. However, the problem is that many people don’t realize when gingivitis has developed because they miss or ignore the early warning signs of it. Today, we take a look at how you can better recognize these signs and know when gingivitis has become a problem that you need to address. (more…)

Good Reasons to Take Better Care of Your Teeth at Home

Most of us know the importance of sticking to good dental hygiene practices, but as adults, there’s no one at home to admonish us when we fail to do it. Perhaps because of this, it’s easy for people in adulthood to grow less diligent when it comes to cleaning their teeth every. Unfortunately, growing lax in dental hygiene means exposing your teeth and oral health to increased risks of several types of concerns. Today, we examine why it’s a good idea to take better care of your teeth at home on a daily basis, and what it can help you avoid if you care for them consistently. (more…)

How to Beat a Cavity If One Shows Up

The good thing about cavities is that their pretty easily preventable with the right level of care and maintenance. However, they can also develop just as easily, and often before you realize it, which is partly why cavities are the most frequent tooth problem to develop. Fortunately, failing to prevent a cavity from forming doesn’t mean that you’ve failed to protect your tooth from tooth decay. In fact, by spotting the cavity early and seeking treatment for it, you may be able to stop it before it causes any significant damage to your tooth structure. (more…)

Do You Grind Your Teeth a Lot? Try These Tips to Stop

Constant teeth-grinding is often considered a serious condition, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism. However, if you don’t know that you have bruxism, or you don’t have it but still tend to grind your teeth often, the dangers you’re exposing your teeth to could be significant. Fortunately, there may be a way to alleviate the problem and lower the risks to the health and integrity of your teeth. Today, we take a look at a few ways you might be able to stop grinding your teeth, as long as your condition isn’t serious enough to require professional treatment. (more…)

Are There Really Foods that Make Teeth Stronger?

When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, practicing good hygiene is the most common and well-known piece of advice. Another is to avoid certain types of foods, like those that are high in acids and sugars, to avoid harming the health and integrity of your teeth. However, there’s another important aspect of good hygiene and healthy teeth that isn’t as well-known – the need to stick to a healthy diet to help keep your teeth and their enamel well-nourished. In addition to avoiding certain harmful foods, your teeth also need you to include plenty of heathy minerals and nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D, in order to stay strong and healthy for life. (more…)

The Connection Between Hygiene and Preventive Dentistry

To many people, dental hygiene is something to practice every day. They don’t always automatically make the connection that it has to their routine preventive dental visits, aside from both being important. However, much like professional teeth cleaning, your daily hygiene routine is essential to preventing the buildup of oral bacteria in the form of dental plaque. Today, we take a closer look at this connection, and why keeping up with good hygiene on a consistent basis is the cornerstone of a successful preventive dental care routine. (more…)

Understanding the Advantages of Dental Implants

When it comes to different types of dental treatments designed to address the same issue, the best way to choose is to weigh the benefits of each. In the case of rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, those benefits include the comfort and stability of your restoration as well as how much of your tooth’s function the prosthesis can restore. With dental implants, we can often restore more of your tooth’s lost structure and function by providing a replacement for the tooth’s root. To fully understand the advantages of dental implants, you have to understand the implications of losing this root. (more…)