The Importance of Healthy Gums

Periodontal diseases primarily result from infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround the teeth. It is important to address early-stage gum disease, called “gingivitis,” before it progresses to more serious “periodontitis,” which threatens both tooth and bone loss. In fact, periodontal disease poses as much (if not more) of a danger to

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Indirect Fillings

When a tooth is too damaged to accept a filling but not damaged enough to require a crown, dental “onlays” and “inlays” present excellent options. These types of dental restorations, which are also referred to as “indirect fillings,” are used to repair teeth’s damaged chewing surfaces. In cases where there is no damage to the

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Poor Oral Health Linked to Frailty

It has long been established that healthy gums and strong teeth go a long way toward preserving well-being. Recently, this association was clearly demonstrated by a study that found that tooth loss, gum disease, tooth decay, and dry mouth may be linked with increased risks of frailty in older adults, especially men. “Frailty” is a

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Guard Against Facial Injury

Along with sports eyewear, helmets, and face masks, the American Dental Association strongly advises athletes to wear mouth guards that protect against facial injuries. At the very least, the “boil and bite” mouth guards available at pharmacies, which are made out of thermoplastic resins that can be shaped by the tongue and fingers, offer some

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Material Differences in Implants

While titanium has been the traditional material of choice for dental implants, patients also have the option of a non-metal tooth-root replacement. Like its titanium counterpart, a “zirconia” dental implant is biocompatible, enabling it to be embedded in the jawbone, with which it bonds directly through a process known as “osseointegration.” Unlike a titanium dental

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Cancer Screening

During comprehensive twice-a-year dental checkups, the dentist and hygienist not only perform a professional cleaning and health assessment of the patient’s teeth and gums, but they also screen for signs of oral cancer. Also known as “mouth cancer,” these types of cancers include cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and

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Easy Does It

While it may be difficult to criticize anyone who is conscientious in his or her brushing and flossing habits, some people exert too much force (up to a pound of pressure) on their teeth and gums with their toothbrushes, which can erode enamel and damage gums. According to research, brushing for about two minutes with

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Accumulated Wisdom

“Wisdom” teeth, the third and final set of molars that usually erupt between ages 17 and 21, are located at the farthest corners of the upper and lower dental arches. They derive their popular name from the notion that they erupt when we are more mature. Because there is often no space left for them

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Gum Diseases Link to Breast Cancer

It has already been established that gum disease is an inflammatory condition that can have an adverse impact on the body that goes well beyond the gums. When left unchecked, the bacteria that cause gum disease create deep pockets between the teeth and gums. When this happens, gums may bleed and the bacteria may enter

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COCKTAIL CONTROVERSY

It has recently been noted that a popular cocktail can erode tooth enamel and give rise to cavities. The Aperol Spritz is an Italian-inspired cocktail that combines Prosecco (a less-expensive alternative to Champagne) and Aperol (an Italian aperitif composed of bitter orange, rhubarb, and other ingredients). As it turns out, drinking too much of this

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