Hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with oral cancer worldwide every year. Oral cancer includes cancers of the cheeks, lips, tongue, and throat. Like many other types of cancer, oral cancers are influenced by a variety of factors, including age, gender, and genetics. However, there are some risk factors...
Gum recession is an uncomfortable condition in which the gum tissue actually begins to pull away from the teeth. You may notice that your teeth look longer, or notice discolored areas between your gumline and your teeth. Receding gums can cause tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, and can affect the...
Teeth grinding, technically termed bruxism, is when a person clenches their jaw or grinds their teeth together. Millions of people are suspected to suffer from this condition, which can have serious consequences for our dental health. Bruxism can not only cause tooth fractures, gum inflammation, and jaw pain, but...
As research continues to demonstrate, oral health has the ability to affect your entire bodily health. The bacteria in your mouth can influence inflammation throughout the entire body, and oral health is increasingly becoming an indicator of bodily health for many. Since oral health can affect your body, poor dental...
Calcium and vitamin D are not only important for your body, but play vital roles in supporting the health of your smile. But do you know exactly how much they influence your oral health, and in what ways? Here, we review just a few of the key roles of...
With all the festivities of the holiday season, it’s easy to get out of your normal routine. One of the things that can get pushed to the side is your oral health. Whether you’ve skipped the occasional brushing or have indulged in a bit too many sweets, your teeth...
Thumb-sucking is a natural and common habit among infants and toddlers, and generally not a cause for concern. Most children will stop sucking their thumb on their own between the ages of three and six . However, some children continue the habit and need intervention from parents to stop. If...
Plant-based diets are diets that focus primarily on vegetables and other foods from plants, including nuts, beans, and seeds. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a vegan—people who consume no animal products—or a vegetarian, which includes people who eat no meat. Eating plant-based just means most of your food comes...
Alcohol contributes to more than three dozen illnesses and chronic diseases, among them cancer, heart disease, and diabetes . We know that alcohol isn’t the best beverage for our bodies—but what about for our teeth? Drinks that contain alcohol have been associated with certain oral health problems, and the more...
Tooth pain
A root canal is a dental restoration that involves cleaning out the inside of your tooth. In a small chamber located in the center of your tooth, there are nerves and blood vessels that help keep your tooth alive and healthy. Located beneath other layers of tissue and topped off...