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Smoking, Gum Disease & Cancer?

February 27th, 2015

“Tobacco use is a risk factor for oral cancers, periodontal disease and dental caries among other diseases.” – U.S. Surgeon General’s Report

Does smoking make me less attractive ?
Is there a direct connection between tooth loss and smoking?
How can smoking lead to the loss of teeth?
Why should I give up smoking?
Is there a direct connection between smoking and oral cancer?
How does smoking cause mouth cancer?
Does cigar or pipe smoking also cause oral cancer?
Does the use of alcohol aggravate the effects of Read More

Soft Drinks and Your Teeth

February 27th, 2015

The foods and beverages we consume can have an effect on our overall health. Our teeth are no exception. What you eat and drink directly affects oral health. Certain nutrients are essential for a healthy smile. Some things we consume can have a very negative affect on our teeth. Soft drinks are one of these.
The amount of soda consumed by the typical American has grown considerably in the past 40 years. Children and teenagers consume more soda than the rest Read More

TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint) Disorders

February 27th, 2015

TMJ refers to the jaw joint, where the jaw connects to the skull.  These are located near each ear. These joints are heavily used in speaking, facial expression and in eating.
Chronic ear pain, sore or stiff jaws, popping or clicking, headaches and trouble opening your mouth are typical symptoms of TMJ disorder. Pain may be sharp or dull and chronic. About 10 million Americans suffer from these.
Several different medical specialties may be called on to address such problems, depending on Read More

Toothbrushes

February 27th, 2015

There is a wide variety of toothbrushes available. Many have bristles organized in patterns that reach the greatest possible area of the tooth surface.  Different kinds are designed for cleaning between the teeth and along the gum line. Even others are designed with a row of colored bristles that fade with use, letting you know that it’s time to replace the brush.
The best possible toothbrush should have the head small enough and angled correctly to be able to reach all Read More

Tooth Brushing

February 27th, 2015

Brushing your teeth a minimum of once a day, along with flossing and regular cleaning, are the foundations of good oral hygiene.  It only takes approximately two minutes to do a complete brushing. You may think you don’t have the time, or don’t want to spend your time on something as boring as tooth brushing.  The alternative in many cases is painful tooth decay, expensive dental care, and possibly, multiple loss of teeth leading to bridges or dentures.
Small-headed, soft-bristled brushes Read More

Tooth Colored Fillings

February 27th, 2015

In recent years, it has become possible to supply fillings that exactly match the color of your teeth. You end up with fillings that are nearly invisible instead of an obvious mouth full of metal.
These are made of a kind of resin and so are in fact metal free. They are as long lasting as metal fillings. Concerns over potential dangers of traditional amalgam fillings have contributed to their increasing popularity.
Many patients have existing amalgam fillings removed and replaced with Read More

Tooth Wear of Permanent Teeth

February 27th, 2015

What is Tooth Wear?
Attrition: How teeth can be worn down by other teeth.
What is Bruxism?
What is the treatment for severe attrition?
Abrasion: How teeth can be worn away by brushing.
How is abrasion repaired?
Erosion: What is tooth erosion?
How can acid in food and drink affect teeth?
How does acid from the stomach damage the teeth?
Which conditions will cause acidic Tooth Wear?
How can tooth erosion be prevented?
How is erosive Tooth Wear repaired?

1. What is Tooth Wear?

Tooth Wear is the loss of tooth surface, which Read More

Vegetarians and Oral Health

February 27th, 2015

Oral health is important for everyone. In addition to giving you healthy gums and teeth, good oral health is good for your overall health. Poor oral hygiene has been associated with heart disease, low birth weight babies, diabetes, osteoporosis and more.
Everyone should be aware of what to do in order to maintain good oral health. In addition to brushing and flossing, eating the right combination of nutrients will help you maintain a healthy smile.
A vegetarian diet has many health benefits. Read More

What You Need to Know About Your Silver Fillings

February 27th, 2015

Silver FillingsBy Ronald K. Greif, D.D.S., Originally printed in St. Louis Women’s Journal
When an individual goes to the dentist and a problem is discovered during the exam,three questions always arise. These questions being: How much will it cost me? Will it hurt? And, how quick can you fix me so I can get the checkout of here? These questions are very understandable, for when the role is Read More

Wisdom Teeth

February 27th, 2015

The last adult teeth to appear are the wisdom, teeth, four teeth at the corners of your mouth, which often appear around the age of 20. These teeth often come in badly aligned.
These can then crowd or damage adjacent teeth, even damage the jawbone or nerves. They may never actually appear above the gum line in which case they are called impacted. They may be more subject to decay and infection.
Wisdom teeth therefore often require extraction. Examination, including x-rays, will Read More

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