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How to Keep Your Smile Healthy as You Age

September 1, 2022.Individuals.#dental exam

Did you know that your teeth can say a lot about your age? Aging can have a noticeable impact on your smile. As you get older, the appearance of your teeth is typically darker and duller. In addition, receding gums give the lips less support, making you look older. Effects of poor oral health can go beyond a person’s mouth. Research continues to show a connection between oral and overall health. Gum disease has been linked to several systemic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Luckily, it is never too late to form better oral health habits that benefit your overall health. Take a moment during National Healthy Aging Month to learn more about oral health and how to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Four ways your smile can change as you age General wear and tear Dry mouth caused by medications Shifting teeth—can cause receding gums and make them more […]

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How Mental Health Impacts Oral Health

May 3, 2021.Individuals.#canker sores

The health of your mouth and mind are more connected that you may realize. It’s possible that your mental health has even changed how you take care of your oral health during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 45% of U.S. adults have said COVID-19-related worry and stress is negatively impacting their mental health.1 Practicing good daily oral health habits is always important, but your routine may require some extra attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take time during Mental Health Awareness Month to evaluate your current mental and oral health so you can protect your smile and well-being. Stress and Oral Health It’s natural to feel stressed, especially during a global pandemic. However, when it begins to disrupt your normal routines, pay attention. When an excess amount of the stress hormone cortisol is found in the mouth, you’re more susceptible to chronic diseases, including gum disease.2 It’s also been proven to […]

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Which is Better: Root Canal or Dental Implant?

December 3, 2020.Individuals.#dental implant

More than 1 in 4 (26%) adults in the U.S. has untreated tooth decay.1 Tooth decay occurs when bacteria attacks the enamel of teeth, leading to cavities. If left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and tooth loss. Many patients and dentists have to make a tough choice when deciding between saving a natural tooth with a root canal or removing the tooth and replacing it with a dental implant. It’s important to understand each procedure to determine which treatment option is best for you. Root canals Root canals aim to save an infected or decayed tooth. The procedure removes the nerve and inflamed pulp of the tooth before it’s cleaned, filled and sealed. A root canal leaves the tooth’s functions the same as before, with only the absence of the tooth’s nerve. This means that the tooth’s sensory function no longer reacts to temperature. Most root canals can be completed […]

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COVID-19 Stress Causing Cracked Teeth, Other Oral Health Issues

November 5, 2020.Individuals.#COVID-19

It remains a stressful time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Studies show stress not only harms overall health but can harm your oral health, as well. Reducing stress is important to maintaining a healthy smile and good oral health. Stress has been shown to contribute to a variety of oral health conditions. For example, the American Dental Association recently shared a survey regarding dentists and endodontists currently seeing more patients with cracked teeth, with a direct correlation to these injuries coming from stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. From this survey, dentists have seen more cases of teeth grinding (59.4%), chipped and cracked teeth (53.4%) and more. Other oral health conditions that can be caused by stress include: Dry mouth Canker sores Tooth decay Gum disease Here are ways to help keep your entire mouth healthy while trying to lessen stress. Stay on track with your oral health routine. Always […]

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Guide to Dental Crowns

October 7, 2020.Individuals.#cavity
Woman being fitted for a dental crown

As you think about all the talking, laughing, smiling and eating you do in a day, the strength and overall health of your teeth is crucial. Cavities and tooth decay are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, sugary drinks and not brushing your teeth well. Large cavities can cause a tooth to weaken or crack over time which may result in the need for a dental crown. Crowns help restore a tooth’s shape and protect it from further damage with a tooth-shaped cap placed over the tooth. They can also be used to improve the appearance of the tooth and provide needed support. A dental crown may be needed for the following: A tooth that is severely worn down, cracked or weakened. A cavity that is too large for a filling. A tooth that requires a dental bridge or tooth implant. A root […]

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