Gingivitis is an oral health condition that causes gum inflammation. Gingivitis marks the beginning stages of gum disease and causes your gum tissue to appear red and puffy, when healthy gum tissue should be firm and pink. Although gingivitis isn’t technically gum disease, it can lead to full-blown gum disease...
If you enjoy chewing gum, you’re in luck—sugar-free gum can actually improve your oral health! Chewing gum increases saliva production, which helps create more of a buffer between your tooth enamel and the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. This increased saliva production can even help neutralize acids that can...
It’s well-known that tobacco products are harmful to your smile, including chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, and even natural tobacco. Tobacco has been linked to a myriad of other health issues in the body as well, including cancer, heart disease, and stroke. How exactly does tobacco harm your oral health? Here...
Tooth enamel plays an integral role in protecting your teeth. Without tooth enamel, the softer layer beneath, called dentin, is exposed. Dentin is not only more prone to discoloration and sensitivity, but exposed dentin increases a tooth’s risk for decay. Keeping your tooth enamel healthy is essential for your oral...
We all know how important brushing our teeth is to our oral health—but people seem to have different ideas about when the best time to brush your teeth is. Some say brushing before breakfast is best, while others say brushing after every meal is the way to go. So what’s...
Bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding, is a health condition in which a person consciously or unconsciously grinds their teeth together. Bruxism typically happens during sleep, and people who grind their teeth are largely unaware that they have this damaging habit. But what exactly causes bruxism? Here are...
Teeth grinding, also referred to as bruxism, happens when you clench or grind your teeth together. Our teeth actually aren’t meant to touch together, making teeth grinding very damaging to your smile, especially if it occurs frequently over time. Bruxism can be caused by stress, an improper bite, or even...
Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, happens when your body doesn’t have enough moisture in the oral cavity. The saliva glands in your mouth aren’t able to generate enough saliva for your mouth to stay moist, as it’s meant to be. The causes of dry mouth are numerous, and this condition...
While your risk for certain oral health conditions increases as you get older, losing teeth isn’t a natural part of the aging process. Your teeth are meant to last as long as you live! Taking care of your smile is important at every age. How can you maintain a beautiful,...
Although your baby won’t be born with visible teeth, it won’t be long before you’ll see their pearly whites begin to emerge! Baby teeth pave the way for adult teeth to come in, allowing each tooth to have its place. Although baby teeth will be lost over the course...

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