Bacteria plays a huge role in our oral health! 700 different oral bacteria have been identified in the human mouth with each person having up to 300 different varieties in their mouth at any given time. With so many bacteria in our mouths, it makes sense that these tiny organisms would have...
Fluoride is a compound that occurs naturally, but is also used in many dental applications to help strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride has been widely used and has helped children and adults alike to protect their teeth from decay. We know that fluoride can help prevent tooth decay—but does it...
Your gums play a crucial role in the health of your teeth. Gums cover and protect the tooth roots and also serve to help anchor the teeth in place. In fact, gum disease is often the primary cause of tooth loss in adults. Without healthy gum tissue, teeth are less likely...
Flossing is an excellent practice for your oral care routine. It helps remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach—which is an estimated 40% of your mouth! Dentists everywhere advocate for safe and healthy flossing when it comes to your dental health. However, you can be too aggressive with your flossing to...
If you’ve been trying to conceive, you’re probably hyperaware of any signs your body might be giving you that you’re going to be a mom until you can take that pregnancy test! While most people keep an eye out for typical pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue or a missed period, your teeth...
Gum swelling is a term for inflammation of the gum tissue that can have numerous causes. Healthy, normal gum tissue should be firm and pink. If your gum tissue is swollen, it may appear puffy and red, and may even bleed when you brush. What exactly causes gum swelling? The following causes...
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...
Toothaches can have many causes, which is why it’s important to not try to diagnose the problem by yourself at home. Since toothaches can cause severe pain and even have the potential to cause a life-threatening infection, getting professional help sooner rather than later is always a good idea....
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...
Plaque is a substance that’s constantly forming in our mouths. It results from our oral bacteria feeding on what we eat—and plaque is a waste product of that process. Plaque can feel like something fuzzy covering your teeth, but is more or less invisible until it builds up. Removing plaque daily is...