When a Toothache Could Be a Dental Emergency

A toothache can mean a lot of things, and though the discomfort won’t often go away for good on its own, it isn’t always severe enough to be considered a dental emergency. However, that doesn’t mean you should automatically try to tough out your toothache until it becomes unbearable. If it’s caused by significant damage to its structure, or the progression of internal tooth decay, then seeking treatment for it as soon as possible may be the best idea. (more…)

Times When Your Tooth Needs a Dental Crown

Many people recognize dental crowns as a way to completely restore a tooth. When a crown is placed over the tooth, it caps it entirely, shielding it from the pressures of biting and chewing, and protecting it from sustaining any further damage. However, that level of restoration isn’t always necessary to repair a tooth, and before recommending a dental crown, your dentist will carefully inspect the tooth to determine if it’s the right option. (more…)

What Treating Tooth Decay Really Means

When it comes to your dental health, prevention can mean a lot of things. Every day, you should prevent the buildup of dental plaque by brushing at least twice and flossing at least once. Every six months or so, you should prevent any lingering tartar buildup from remaining too long by attending a professional dental cleaning. When it comes to tooth decay, however, prevention may mean stopping it from developing it at all, or it may mean treating the decay as soon as possible to prevent it from causing even more severe problems for your tooth. (more…)

3 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean All Day

Of all the different dental hygiene tips you can use to make your daily routine better, all can be boiled down to four simple words: keep your teeth clean. Their biggest threats are the oral bacteria that form plaque on their surfaces every day, and the only way to protect your teeth is to consistently clean these bacteria off of them. The foundation of that idea is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once, every day. However, there’s more to it than that, and you can do a lot more to help ensure that your teeth stay clean throughout the entire day. (more…)

How to Make Healthy Teeth Stronger

The fact that healthy teeth are the strongest parts of the human body can sometimes trick people into believing their teeth are almost invulnerable. Knowing how strong they are can make things like dental hygiene less important, for example, or make it seem like no big deal if you skip a dental checkup and cleaning once in a while. However, the strength and integrity of your teeth can be compromised in several ways, and the point of caring for them consistently is to prevent this from happening. (more…)

Do You Snore a Lot? Try These Tips to Stop

Aside from the constant (and justified) complaints from your sleeping partner, you might not think your snoring habit is something you really need to worry about it. It’s common enough that almost everyone snores once in a while, and it must not be serious if it’s the butt of so many jokes. However, the truth is that chronic snoring is nothing to laugh about, and not just because of the aggravation it causes those who have to hear it. Today, we examine a few tips to help you stop a common snoring habit, and get the more peaceful and restful sleep that you and your loved ones deserve. (more…)

A Few Notes About Chronic Bruxism

Under normal conditions, your teeth rely on each other for support, and to help promote healthy, proper bite function. However, bruxism (or chronic teeth-grinding) can turn your teeth against each other, literally. When you constantly grind your teeth together, the immense amount of pressure and friction that your bite generates can cause significant harm. Today, we examine when teeth-grinding becomes a bruxism problem, the dangers it can pose to your oral health if you ignore it, and what steps you can take to protect your teeth from it. (more…)

A Refresher Course on Good Dental Hygiene

After years of doing it every day, the routine that goes into brushing and flossing your teeth can seem like second-nature. However, despite most people sticking to the dental hygiene practices that they learned early in life, issues like tooth decay and gum disease – which largely stem from inadequate dental hygiene – are still common. Today, we examine why, and give you a refresher course on what it means to practice truly “good” (and effective) dental hygiene. (more…)

How Safe Is Your Smile from Gingivitis?

When it comes to keeping your smile healthy and free of oral health concerns, the most common concerns to come to mind are often cavities and gingivitis. While cavities (which are the result of tooth decay) may be the more concern, the problems that can arise when gingivitis is allowed to progress can sometimes have more profound consequences. Gingivitis marks the beginning of gum disease, which in its severe form (known as periodontitis), is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Today, we help you take stock of these risks by helping you determine how safe your smile is from gum disease. (more…)

Does Brushing Make Your Teeth Sensitive?

The point of brushing your teeth every day is supposed to keep them strong and healthy. By consistently cleaning away the plaque that builds up on their surfaces every day, you can largely prevent many of the things that can develop from harmful oral bacteria, such as tooth decay. However, the way you brush your teeth is just as important as how often you do it, and for some people, their zealousness for dental hygiene can sometimes cause more harm than good. Today, we examine how your teeth brushing technique might be what’s making your teeth sensitive, and how you can correct the issue before you cause any more damage to your teeth. (more…)