When it comes to brushing your teeth, people have the choice between using a regular toothbrush and an electric one. With a regular toothbrush, your movement of the brush removes plaque from your teeth. However, with an electric toothbrush, it spins and does all the work for you—you just need...
Oral piercings include any type of piercing that’s in or around the oral cavity, including tongue rings, lip rings, and even cheek or upper lip piercings. Any type of oral piercing has the potential to affect your smile. How can piercings in the oral cavity affect the health of...
X-rays allow doctors to take photographs of the inside of your body. Dentists have used x-rays since the late 1800s soon after x-rays were invented to see the inside of patients’ mouths. Today, x-rays are still used in dentistry and are considered a standard practice. There are different types of...
Gum disease is a progressive oral health condition that can compromise your smile. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease typically starts out with minor symptoms. If ignored, these symptoms can get worse over time and even cause the need for tooth extractions. While some people are predisposed to develop...
Wisdom teeth are the last of our adult teeth to erupt. They’re located in the rear of our mouths and aren’t seen until we’re almost adults, and for some, not even until the early 20s! For the majority of people today, wisdom teeth cause some type of problem and so...
Tooth decay happens when acids and bacteria caused by plaque and the foods we eat attack our tooth enamel. Tooth enamel—the hard substance that makes our teeth shiny—is meant to protect our teeth, but it can be worn away over time due to damage. Once tooth enamel is gone,...
Gum disease is an oral health disease that affects the periodontal tissue in our mouths which cover and protect the roots of our teeth. Our gums also help to support our teeth and keep them healthy and strong. If left untreated, the gum disease will get worse. Caused by bacteria...
Dental fillings are restorations used to fill in the area where cavities have damaged teeth. Your dentist will remove the decayed tissue from the tooth and fill in the missing area with a restoration. Dentists have used fillings for more than a century to restore and protect teeth, although there’s...
The Tooth Fairy has been a tradition across cultures for generations. The American Tooth Fairy we know today is a story of a woman that comes to take lost baby teeth, which the kids place under their pillow for pickup. In the morning, kids find money, a toy, or...
It can feel easy to keep up with your oral care routine at home, but what about when you’re constantly on the move? Whether you’re traveling, working, or just busy getting from place to place, maintaining your oral health should always be a priority.