Having a dry mouth from time to time isn’t generally a big deal—drinking water can help relieve the occasional dry mouth and prevent the bad breath that often comes with it! However, some people experience chronic dry mouth, also called xerostomia. When you have chronic dry mouth, your body isn’t...
Gum recession happens when gum tissue begins to pull back from the teeth where your teeth meet your gums. You may notice that your teeth are more sensitive, look longer, or you may even see exposed tooth roots. There are a few reasons why you may have receding gums, and...
If your dentist has told you that you need a “deep cleaning”, you may be wondering what exactly this means. How is it different from a regular teeth cleaning? A deep cleaning is also called a gum scaling and root planing procedure, and your dentist will suggest it if you have...
Ideally, your teeth should be cleaned every six months by your dental hygienist to help prevent oral disease. A professional teeth cleaning also helps remove surface stains from your tooth enamel, leaving your smile both bright and healthy. Are you overdue for a teeth cleaning? Here are a few signs...
Gum recession happens when the gum tissue begins to pull away from the teeth, which can expose the tooth’s roots. When this happens, bacteria can accumulate in the spaces between the teeth and the gum tissue, which can cause an infection. Receding gums are a sign of gum disease and...
Your gum tissue helps protect your teeth and hold them in place. Healthy gum tissue is usually firm and smooth, and shouldn’t bleed when you brush your teeth. However, if your gums are tender or bleeding, even if just when brushing or flossing your teeth, these could be signs...
If you’re one of the many Americans who suffer from gum disease, you could end up needing extensive treatment to return your gum tissue back to normal. While gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, can be easier to reverse, more advanced stages of gum disease can be challenging...
Using mouthwash makes some people feel like their mouth is really fresh and clean! These mouth rinses come in a variety of types and flavors—from whitening mouthwashes to those that claim to fight dry mouth and tooth decay. There are two main types of mouthwash: the kind you purchase at the store,...
Yes, diabetes and periodontal disease—also known as gum disease—are linked to each other! Diabetes—a condition in which the body doesn’t make or use insulin, or blood sugar, properly—can make it more difficult to prevent gum disease, and gum disease can increase your risk for complications from diabetes. But what exactly is the relationship...
Many people use the terms gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) and gingivitis interchangeably, but are they really the same thing? The short answer is no. While both are technically gum disease, gingivitis is a bit different than full-blown periodontal disease. What are the differences between gum disease and gingivitis? Let’s review...