Many people have a misaligned bite, but not everyone will have symptoms, or some may have symptoms that are more severe than others. With some patients, an improper bite is apparent through their appearance, but many times, the signs are not so obvious. Here are a few signs and symptoms that might...
Headgear is a broad term for orthodontic appliances that strap around the head to exert pressure from outside the patient’s mouth. Although not every child or adult who has braces will need headgear, headgear is important for certain cases and has its benefits. What are the benefits of needing orthodontic headgear? Here’s...

Love Your Teeth Cleanings

Brushing and flossing twice a day is an important part of a system of good oral hygiene, and so is seeing the dentist for checkups twice a year. Professional dental cleanings are also important. You may think that if you brush and floss regularly, you are keeping your teeth...

Floss Like You Mean It

Many people don't like to floss, but the problem might be that they are using the wrong type of floss. Choosing the right floss can eliminate many of the problems that people encounter while flossing, and make flossing much easier and more pleasant. Incorrectly flossing does not do your...
Bad breath is something everybody deals with from time to time. Some people have it all the time- and are completely unaware! Brushing consistently and using mouthwash seems to be a quick fix, but does it really eliminate bad breath, or does it just cover it up? Halitosis, the proper...
Your diet directly affects your oral health. Think about it—your mouth is the first thing the food touches in your body! It makes sense that the kinds of foods we eat would be either beneficial or harmful to our smiles. If you’ve wondered which foods are helping and which...
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a devastating infection that is actually the leading cause of tooth loss for older adults. There are indeed different types of gum disease, all of which result from similar bacteria and all of which can severely damage your smile. The good news is that all...
With the popularity of oral piercings today, you can get your cheeks, tongue, lip, parts of your gums, or even your uvula (the small piece of tissue hanging down in the back of your mouth) pierced. While oral piercings have become very versatile, they do have potential damaging side...
Root resorption is a generally uncommon problem where your tooth’s structure is actually eaten away. Although resorption is a natural process that happened to all of us when we were kids (think about shedding your primary teeth and getting permanent teeth), root resorption shouldn’t occur in adult teeth. How...
It’s true that our genes are responsible for creating everything about us, and our smile is no exception. Certain factors about your smile were inherited from your parents, no question. Researchers suggest that having parents with poor dental health could predispose you to having the same issues, so you’ll need to be...

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