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Tooth Extractions 101

December 6, 2021.Individuals.#dental procedure

While it’s most common for teens and adults to have their wisdom teeth removed, other factors can make extraction of a permanent tooth necessary. Know what to expect during and after a tooth extraction procedure for your peace of mind. Causes Yes, permanent teeth are meant to stay with you throughout your life. However, it can become necessary to have them removed due to several factors, including: Tooth decay. Severe cavities may not be improved by antibiotics or a root canal. In that case, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. Gum disease. If advanced, severe infection to teeth and surrounding tissue and bones may result in complete removal of the infected tooth. Risk of infection. Those experiencing a compromised immune system can benefit from a tooth extraction if the risk of infection is enough to cause concern. Crowded mouth. If there’s not enough room in the mouth for erupting […]

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Toothpaste and Mouthwash 101

August 10, 2020.Individuals.#adult

Choosing the right dental hygiene products plays a significant role in your oral health. That’s why it’s so important to consider what products to choose. Understanding the different types of toothpaste and mouthwash, including their ingredients, is key to determining what’s best for you. Key Toothpaste Ingredients Fortunately, there’s a range of options for you to choose from when it comes to toothpaste. One main decision is whether to select a paste, gel or powder toothpaste. All are effective in cleaning your teeth well and contain the same basic ingredients, such as flavoring agents, which gives toothpaste its minty fresh scent. They’re also composed of a cleaning and polishing agent that helps remove plaque, debris and surface stains on your teeth. When choosing which type of toothpaste is right for you, consult your dentist, especially if you have sensitive teeth or gum disease. Supplementary Toothpaste Ingredients Depending on your age, […]

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Standard Floss vs. Water Flossers

May 11, 2020.Individuals.#floss

Most people know to practice healthy oral health habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. However, many people have questions about whether water flossing is a better alternative to traditional flossing. It’s important to understand each technique to help determine which is the better fit for you. Dental floss and floss picks Standard flossing is a simple process that uses a thin, soft piece of string to pass between teeth, gently scraping up and down to remove plaque and food particles from teeth and out from under gums. Another option is a floss pick – a plastic tool with a u-shaped end that holds a small piece of floss. There are several advantages to standard floss and floss picks: Minimal cost Easily accessible from a pharmacy or grocery store Quick and easy to use on the go Despite the pros to flossing, there are a few cons: […]

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How can gum disease be linked to heart disease?

February 5, 2020.Individuals.#American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and because heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, we hear a lot about it. But did you know that evidence shows there is a relationship between gum disease and heart disease? Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. In its early stage, it’s called gingivitis and can cause inflamed, red gums that bleed. If not managed with proper daily oral care, gingivitis may worsen and become periodontitis. Periodontitis is a form of gum disease that causes the gum tissue to pull away from the tooth allowing for further tooth decay, loss of bone and eventually tooth loss. Oral bacteria may be the link to heart disease The main cause of gum disease is harmful oral bacteria found in tooth […]

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How Diabetes Impacts Your Smile

March 12, 2019.Individuals.#diabetes

Diabetes not only affects your overall health, it can impact your oral health. In the United States, more than 30 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, and about one-third of diabetics have a severe form of periodontal (gum) disease.1 Good oral health habits can help manage and control diabetes. Maintaining oral health is important Diabetics are more likely to experience gum disease at an earlier age then people who do not have the disease. Periodontal disease can change blood glucose levels, possibly increasing the time a body functions with a high blood sugar level. This impacts diabetics by putting them at an increased risk for diabetic complications.2 What you should know about diabetes Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. If not managed properly, the disease can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, blindness, amputations, nerve damage and kidney failure.1 Diabetics who receive […]

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