Saliva for Oral Health

When you think about dental health, it is not likely that you think about saliva as all that important. In fact, however, the saliva in your mouth affects your health and the health of your mouth and teeth significantly. Saliva is absolutely essential for a healthy mouth, gums, and teeth, as well as for your overall system. Your mouth constantly produces small amounts of saliva that enter the mouth through salivary glands inside your cheeks, under your tongue, and near your jawbone. Your salivary glands increase production when you eat or even just think about or smell food. The average person produces 2-4 pints of saliva daily. So what does this saliva do for your system and why is it important for oral health? Saliva and Oral Health Saliva is made up primarily...

Receding Gumlines

Gum recession is what happens when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls away from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth and/or its root. In early stages, receding gumlines might be hard to notice. In fact, since it occurs gradually over time, you may not notice it as it typically does not initially present with pain. But as gum recession gets incrementally more severe, a quick glance at your smile may help you see where any recession may be present. Often, a tooth will appear longer when a gum recedes, and the gum area is higher than on other teeth. This recession at the gumline creates pockets, or gaps, between the teeth and the gums where bacteria can build up and damage the tooth. Often, as a gum recedes, a notch can be felt near the gumline of that...

Sports Dental Injury

It’s football season, and with it the reminder that in any contact sport (or speed sport) there is susceptibility to dental injury if you’re not adequately protected. In fact, it is estimated that between 13-39% of all dental injuries occur while playing sports. As well, at least 80% of dental injuries affect at least one of the front teeth. The damage that can occur from sports is something to note and be aware of so that you take the needed precautions to protect you and your family. If you or your loved one is involved in speed or contact sports, there are a few ways to help prevent dental injury: Wear a Mouth Guard Did you know that approximately 200k mouth injuries per year are prevented simply by the use of mouth guards? Wearing a mouth guard is one of...

Handling Dental Emergencies

Although none of us like to experience them, due to accidents and other potential causes, there are times when dental emergencies occur. When they do happen, it is important to know how to respond to ensure the best possible outcome and the greatest likelihood for minimal long-term damage to your teeth. With any emergency, we encourage you to first and foremost remain calm and keep a clear head to assess the situation. Although not all dental emergencies require immediate care and attention, if medical care is warranted, don’t hesitate to call 911 or make your way to the emergency room. Below we outline some of the most common dental emergencies and how to handle them: Cracked or Knocked-Out Tooth If an accident leads to the damage of your teeth, whether a...

How to Treat a Toothache 

If you’ve ever experienced a toothache, you know full well that the pain is one that can vary greatly in severity and be difficult to identify exactly what teeth are affected. It is also a pain that most people would like to avoid when possible as it typically does not go away without treatment. Anytime you have pain in and around the teeth and jaws, you are experiencing a toothache. The most likely culprit for such pain is typically tooth decay, an infection in your tooth, loose/broken fillings, or receding gums. Here’s what you should do next time you experience a toothache: Make an Appointment To start, once you have a toothache (and certainly for no more than one or two days), it is important to schedule an appointment with our office. When you call, be...

Ways to Whiter Teeth

A recent study indicated that 6 out of 10 Americans believe a whiter smile would boost their self-confidence and the over the counter tooth whitening industry has soared to over $1.4B annually nationwide. America wants whiter teeth!  If you are concerned about the overall appearance of your (not so) pearly whites, you may be surprised to learn what are the culprits of teeth staining and what you can do to prevent and/or treat your teeth for a whiter smile! What Causes Teeth Staining? Although teeth staining can occur naturally with age, there are many common foods, drinks and other culprits that can cause our teeth to lose their luster. Knowing these culprits is the first step in obtaining a whiter smile, as you have to know what you are fighting...