Losing your baby (milk) teeth is a normal part of growing up, but losing your permanent teeth is cause for concern. Long-term research has shown there are certain risk factors for adult tooth loss caused by gum disease. Males over the age of 35 are at greater risk of tooth loss from periodontal disease, and the risk increases in those who suffer from high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. No one – regardless of age – wants to have edentulism (the absence of one or more teeth).… Read More
Walk into the average big box store, and you’ll see an entire aisle dedicated to oral hygiene. If you’re a fan of clean teeth and healthy gums, you might enjoy comparison-shopping electric toothbrushes, dental water jets, specialized mouth rinses, and organic toothpaste. But do all these products really do what they say they will? Some experts say that certain products can have unexpected side effects. Others, such as water flossers, may do more harm than good because of the unintended, indirect way they can affect your oral care routine. Over-the-counter… Read More
Flossing may not be part of your daily routine, but it should be. Regular flossing is a huge component to oral health and can help ward off bad breath, bleeding gums and periodontal disease. People who don’t floss regularly are practically inviting gingivitis, halitosis and eventual tooth decay. So why don’t more Americans floss their teeth? Here’s a roundup of the five worst excuses given to dentists. I have an ultrasonic tooth brush Even the fanciest of toothbrushes, water picks and oral hygiene products are no match for dental floss.… Read More
Gum recession, also known as gingival recession, is a progressive condition in which the gums pull back, exposing sensitive tooth roots. This unsightly and sometimes painful problem can lead to tooth loss if not addressed early on. If started promptly, treatment can stop gum recession and simple lifestyle changes can help prevent recurrence. It is estimated that nearly 90 percent of people aged 65 and older suffer from receding gums in at least one tooth. Before discussing the treatment options for receding gums, it’s important to look at the main… Read More
With advanced age come a variety of senior health challenges, including problems that can negatively impact oral health. While there are many benefits to getting older, it’s important to be cognizant of dental problems that can be caused by or exacerbated by prescription medications, lifestyle changes and other age-related factors that are common to seniors. The following are three dental problems common in older adults, and ways you can prevent and treat them. Dry Mouth Dry mouth is characterized by a reduction in saliva production that leaves teeth more susceptible… Read More
More than half of Americans over fifty say that “a smile” is the one physical feature that stays attractive, no matter a person’s age, according to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Even so, as we get older, cumulative wear and tear on the teeth and gums can be an issue, says AACD President Dr. Jack Ringer. Patients with heart disease and diabetes see some of the most rapid declines in their oral health, often as early as their forties. In addition to routine dental exams, a… Read More
Pregnancy is an extraordinary time in a woman’s life, but surging hormones – especially progesterone and estrogen – can induce a type of prenatal-gingivitis that causes soreness, bleeding and swelling in the gums. According to WebMD, an estimated 40% of women develop gingivitis at some point during their pregnancy, which is why professional dental cleanings are essential during these nine months. Expecting a child comes with many responsibilities, and maintaining good oral hygiene is no exception. It’s important to understand that routine dental checkups are completely safe during pregnancy, as… Read More
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