If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, you may be experiencing symptoms of gum disease. However, not every person who’s experiencing swollen gums will have gum disease. It’s crucial to visit your dentist to determine if you’re suffering from symptoms of gingivitis, although these symptoms often involve bleeding...
A periodontist is still a dentist, but these professionals have an additional three years of training to become specialists in all things related to your gums. This includes the prevention of gum disease, diagnosis of gum disease, and the treatment of gum disease. Sometimes, periodontists will even help patients with...
With over 47% of adult Americans having gum disease, it’s important to know your risk for this oral health condition. Gum disease has the potential to ruin your smile if left untreated. Gum disease can cause the ligaments that hold teeth in place to weaken, therefore causing loose teeth. In fact, gum disease...
Halitosis, the technical term for bad breath, happens to all of us at times. That morning you were in such a hurry you forgot to brush, the time you ate garlic bread at the team lunch. It’s normal at times depending on your oral health habits. However, experiencing chronic...
Having snacks throughout the day is a very normal habit that most people engage in. However, if you’re snacking constantly, this practice could be harming your smile more than you think. While eating, your mouth produces saliva to help you chew and swallow food. Saliva also helps to prevent plaque from building...
Although widely enjoyed around the world, alcohol is still considered to be toxic to the body, especially in large amounts. From what we know about alcohol and its health risks, evidence is conclusive that this beverage absolutely plays a role in your oral health. Whether you enjoy a drink a day, a...
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 grafting is the process of taking gum tissue from another area in the mouth and attaching it to places where gum tissue is lacking, such as in areas where gum recession has occurred. Since gum recession is a symptom of gum disease, if left untreated, it can progress to expose the...
Although the link between cigarettes and diseases such as cancer was long suspected, it wasn’t until the mid 1960s that warnings were finally issued and the public became aware of the dangerous effects of cigarette smoke. Cigarette smokers are more prone to many different illnesses. In addition to increasing your risk for asthma,...
Are you suddenly experiencing teeth sensitivity? Do your teeth look longer than you remember? What about bleeding gums? All of these signs and symptoms could indicate that your gums are receding. Gum recession is an alarming condition, especially if your teeth are abnormally sensitive or your appearance has changed....