Self-ligating braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that is similar to conventional braces, but with one major difference. Whereas traditional braces use elastic bands to secure the wire to brackets, self-ligating braces have a built-in sliding mechanism that holds the wire and allows it to adjust on its own...
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, typically happens over time and consists of different stages. Since it progresses, catching gum disease early gives you a better chance to minimize the impact of the disease and save your smile. But what are the stages of gum disease, and how can you identify...
Tooth mobility is essentially what happens when a tooth becomes loose. Permanent teeth are not meant to be loose, so tooth mobility is always a cause for concern. However, if you have noticed one or more of your teeth are loose, what could have caused this to happen, and...
Physicians and researchers are increasingly understanding the link between COVID-19 and oral health. We’ve seen how COVID-19 severity has been linked to gum disease and how the virus can lead to chronic dry mouth and even oral lesions. However, new research is now linking tooth loss and COVID-19 risk. But...
There’s no question that clenching or grinding your teeth can be harmful. Clenching and grinding can put intense pressure on the teeth, jaw, and the muscles that support jaw movement, resulting in cracked or broken teeth and jaw and facial pain. But is teeth grinding normal? An estimated 8.6% of the...
Like the rest of the tissues in your body, your teeth are alive and require blood and nutrients to thrive. However, while teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes decay, trauma, or gum disease can cause a tooth to die prematurely and affect both your appearance and your...
Most of us know that drinking water is important for our health. However, water doesn’t just help lubricate your joints, protect your tissues, remove toxins, and even support a normal body temperature—it also protects your smile . But why is drinking water so great for your teeth and gums? Here’s...
While it would be great to have your teeth stay bright white for your entire life, the reality is that your smile will naturally become less white and more stained over time. Most tooth discoloration is natural, but there are some instances in which discoloration could signal an oral...
Gum scaling is a procedure in which your dental hygienist will gently scrape the sides of your teeth just below the gumline to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. A gum scaling procedure provides a more effective treatment for gum disease than a regular teeth cleaning because it allows your hygienist...
Dental implants are meant to last for as long as possible. In fact, a properly placed and cared for dental implant can last for life. By visiting your dentist regularly and taking excellent care of your implant, you can ensure that the implant remains secure and never needs to...