Your child’s baby teeth will eventually become loose and fall out, leaving room for the permanent teeth to erupt through the gum tissue. Children typically lose their primary teeth in the same order that the teeth came in, which means your child’s incisors should become loose around age six...
Teeth aren’t meant to hurt, but from time to time, you may experience an aching tooth. Tooth enamel, the shiny, protective layer on the outside of your tooth, generally keeps your teeth from harm. However, when enamel becomes compromised due to tooth decay, gum disease, aggressive tooth brushing, or...
It’s long been known that smoking can impact your dental health as well as your overall health. Not only has smoking tobacco been linked to oral cancer, along with other types of cancer in the body, but it can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Even if...
Plaque is that clear, sticky substance that you can usually feel on your teeth after a long day. It may make teeth feel fuzzy or textured as opposed to smooth and polished. Plaque isn’t just bacteria—it can include food particles and mucus as well . Needless to say, having plaque...
If you have sensitive teeth, you’re familiar with the sharp pain that can accompany a cold beverage, or the aching feeling that can happen when eating hot soup. Different people experience tooth sensitivity differently, but one thing that remains constant is that sensitive teeth are uncomfortable. You don’t have to...
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that’s actual a form of fluorine. For decades, oral health professionals have recognized the ability of fluoride to improve dental health. But for many years, people didn’t know exactly how fluoride worked, just that it helped prevent cavities. Today, we know more about...
If you’re diligent about your oral care, taking care of your smile involves both a morning and an evening routine of brushing your teeth. Brushing your teeth before bed can remove harmful plaque and bacteria that have accumulated throughout the day, leaving you with a clean and healthy smile. Skipping...
Dentists and patients alike are becoming increasingly aware of just how important diet is for oral health. What you eat not only provides your teeth with the nutrients they need to stay strong, but it can also influence your oral bacteria, inflammation in the body, and even your gum...
A cavity, which is a small hole in your tooth that occurs when your tooth enamel is damaged from bacteria, acids and plaque, needs treatment to go away. If you keep ignoring a cavity, it won’t get better on its own. Over time, it will worsen until it can...
Oral thrush is an infection in the oral cavity caused by overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans. Almost everyone has this fungus, which is naturally present in the body, but when the fungus overgrows in the mouth, an infection can happen. Infants and people who are immunocompromised are more...