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Factors That Determine if You Can Keep Your Wisdom Teeth

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Alyce
Wisdom teeth are the third molars located at the back of your mouth. They are usually the last teeth to erupt and don't often grow in until around late teens-early twenties. Wisdom teeth are commonly removed because they don't always have enough room to grow properly. However, is preventative surgery always necessary? Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth Wisdom teeth are commonly removed to prevent any future dental issues; however, you may want to consider keeping your wisdom teeth. If your wisdom teeth are healthy, there is no reason to say that they will cause you any problems in the future. Wisdom teeth don't cause everyone problems or tooth pain, so when you are considering surgery to remove them, you may want to think about whether having surgery to prevent an issue that may not occur is for you. You may be able to keep your wisdom teeth, if they are healthy, fully erupted, and correctly positioned. If your wisdom teeth are healthy and you are free from any pain or discomfort, it is important to be able to keep them clean. As they are so far back, it may be difficult reaching them, but it is vital for maintaining their health. When Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed You may find it difficult maintaining the health of your wisdom teeth, as they are so far back in your mouth that they can often be hard to clean. Like your other teeth, if you are not able to keep your wisdom teeth clean then problems can develop. Wisdom teeth are known for not always growing in correctly and causing problems over time. Some wisdom teeth may not ever fully erupt, which can cause infections if they get trapped or hidden in the gums. If your wisdom teeth do fully grow in, they may do so at an awkward angle and overcrowd neighboring teeth. It is important to consider whether it's beneficial to you to have your wisdom teeth removed as preventative care, before they have the chance to develop any dental problems. To find out more about your wisdom teeth and their health, call our office to schedule an appointment....

What is Oral Leukoplakia and Do I Need to Worry About It?

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Alyce
Leukoplakia is one of the rare oral conditions that still baffles scientists, but evidence strongly points to tobacco as the prime culprit behind the condition. When it sets off, leukoplakia leaves behind a trail of thick white, gray, or red patches along the gums, the inside of the cheeks, the bottom of the mouth, and, sometimes, the tongue. These patches cannot be scraped off or removed by regular brushing and flossing. The condition usually doesn't result in discomforts or pain besides its unsightly look. But in certain cases, it can become pre-cancerous, precipitating oral cancer. This cancerous deterioration is usually indicated by red spots in the grey or white patches. The good news is that the condition is hardly ever reported in people who have a long history of good oral hygiene. But if you're a tobacco user or are exposed to other possible causes of leukoplakia, and have noticed some unusual changes in your mouth, you need to call our offices as soon as possible even if there are no serious symptoms yet. What Puts You at the Risk of Leukoplakia? The main causes of leukoplakia have eluded scientists for a long time now, but evidence so far strongly suggests the use of tobacco (either smoking or smokeless products). Other suspected causes include injuries to the side of the cheek and the tongue caused by chipped, broken, or sharp teeth, broken or poorly-fitting dentures, inflammation, and the long-term use of alcohol. Hairy leukoplakia, a variation of the condition where hairs grow on the patches, usually results when Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) becomes active due to immune problems like HIV. What's Best to Do About Leukoplakia? You can prevent leukoplakia by avoiding the use of tobacco or alcohol. Foods rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory bodies can also fortify your body against leukoplakia. If you're already spotting the grey patches in your mouth, it's best to visit us at our office as soon as possible to let us examine your oral health and recommend the best course of action going forward....

Are Mouthwash Strips Good for Your Teeth and Gums?

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Alyce
Often, we are asked by patients about mouthwash strips or breath strip. If they freshen the breath, are they also good for the teeth and gums? That is a good question, as breath strips and some mouthwashes only act as a temporary fix. In other words, they perfume the mouth, or mask unpleasant odors. The information below will give you further details about the reliability of mouthwash strips. Why People Use Mouthwash Strips Most people, who use mouthwash strips, known as breath strips, do so as an inconspicuous way to freshen their breath. These strips can come in handy if you just had onion or garlic for lunch, and don't have a way to brush your teeth. While you might choose to chew gum, it still might not be as indiscreet as using breath strips. If your bad breath is short term, then using the strips can be effective. However, it is not a good idea to use breath strips frequently. What Happens If You Use Breath Strips Too Often? If you use mouthwash strips or breath strips frequently, you can end up changing the bacterial content in your mouth, which is not good. The mouth has a delicate balance of bacteria – some of which is good and some of which is bad. The key to making everything work is to get rid of the bad germs and preserve the good bacteria. If you use breath strips too often, all the bacteria are killed, not just the bad germs. As a result, you could end up getting a yeast infection in your mouth, or damaging your teeth and gums. If you have a problem with bad breath, you need to consult with our office. We can steer you toward products that have antibacterial agents that offer a permanent solution to halitosis. For example, a mouthwash with chlorhexidine controls the gingivitis and plaque that causes bad breath. Give us a call with your questions and set an appointment for an examination today. Whether you need a temporary or permanent solution to a breath problem, we can provide a solution....

All Posts:
Factors That Determine if You Can Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
What is Oral Leukoplakia and Do I Need to Worry About It?
Are Mouthwash Strips Good for Your Teeth and Gums?
How Your Dental Health Affects the Rest of Your Body
What to Do if You Develop Aggressive Periodontitis
How Can You Tell if Your Tooth Has a Cavity?
Why Whitening Trays at Our Office Are More Effective Than Any Drug Store Options
How an Untreated Thyroid Issue Could Affect Your Oral Health
Filling Procedures Are More Advanced Than Ever
What You Need to Have in Your Emergency Dental Kit
Did You Realize an Extraction is Traumatic?
Dangers of Not Brushing After Breakfast
Specialty Bottled Water Vs Tap Water: Which is Better
Snacks That Can Increase Your Oral Health
Poor Oral Health Can Make You Constantly Fatigued
How Protein Boosts Your Oral Health
The Best Flossing Techniques Make Flossing Not Painful
1:Sharing a Toothbrush is Never a Good Idea
Why Talk to Us if You Have Allergies
What Options We Can We Offer for Sensitive Teeth
Could a Fun Toothpaste Flavor Spice Up Your Brushing Routine?
How Can One Side of Your Jaw Hurt but Not the Other?
Dangers You Need to Know About Toothpicks
How a Cleaning in Our Dental Office Differs from Yours At Home
Causes of Dental Pit Stains Can Be What You Eat
If the Bumps on Your Tongue Go Away, is That the Sign of a Problem?
Can You Brush Too Often?
Best Options for Handling a Fear of the Dental Chair
Is Brushing Your Teeth for Too Long a Real Problem?
How to Protect Teeth When You Get Sick
Why You Should Expect to Drool More with a New Set of Dentures
You Need to Make Sure Your Teeth are Healthy Prior to Whitening
Eggs Can Give You Better Oral Health
Easy Ways of Boosting Your Daily Calcium Intake
Sterilization Methods We Can Use for Our Tools
How Exercise Impacts Your Oral Health
Bruxism Can Affect You for Years to Come if Left Untreated
Best Restorative Options for Chipped Teeth
Types of Implants That Can Restore a Lost Tooth
Top Restorative Procedures For Your Teeth
Where Do Dental Pit Stains Originate?
Where Can Bacteria from Your Mouth Migrate To?
Why You Should Look Forward to It If You Need a Root Canal
What You Drink Can Ruin Your Breath
Is Chewing Gum Actually Helpful for Improving Oral Health?
Is Brushing and Flossing Different with a Bridge?
Best Options to Drink for a Healthy Mouth
Besides Flossing, How Can You Get Items Out from Between Your Teeth?
Greens You Want to Eat for Improved Oral Health
Good Oral Health Saves You Time and Money
Signs Your Tooth May Be Decaying from the Inside
How Dental Chips Can Ruin Your Oral Health
Do Dental Bridges Need Any Special Cleaning?
Do Canker Sores Damage Your Oral Health?
Foods That Make Your Breath Smell Better
Flossing Needs to Be Done Gently
Is There Any Reason to Fear Having a Cavity Filled?
How to Keep Dental Bonding Looking Like New
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