If you see a dentist or dental hygienist on a routine basis, they no doubt give you an oral cancer check. This is commonplace now since over 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral and throat cancers yearly. Sadly, the five-year survival rate of those diagnosed is only slightly more than 64 percent. By being proactive, you and your dentist can detect cancer and treat it so that major health problems are alleviated later. So thank your dentist next time when the oral cancer test is complete as he or she might just save your life!
Laser dentistry is more popular today than it’s ever been since its first uses more than 20 years ago. With new innovations in laser dental procedures and their safety, laser dentistry is fast becoming a booming part of the dental industry, and for very good reason. Lasers used in dentistry create a more precise procedure, which makes that dental procedure even more effective. A highly skilled, top dentist who is experienced in laser dentistry can perform laser dental procedures that can reduce pain and minimize recovery times. And with the ever-expanding number of procedures that can be performed using lasers, the list of benefits of laser dentistry continues to grow. But just what is laser dentistry? What are the benefits of laser dentistry? And which dental procedures can be performed with lasers? Continue reading
You’ve probably heard all sorts of horror stories about sugar. It packs on weight; it’s bad for your teeth; it causes health problems. And you know what? They’re all true. Okay, most people like to have a little sugar in their diet. After all, a spoonful of it makes the medicine go down, right? Remember though … that’s a spoonful of sugar. But do you know how many spoonfuls of sugar there are in just one can of non-diet soda? Are you ready for this? The answer is … ten! That’s right, there are ten teaspoons of sugar in every single 12-ounce can of soda! Recent studies show that the average American teenager drinks upwards of a can and a half cans of soda per day. That equals the consumption of more than four pounds of sugar per month in soda alone! And all that sugar is wreaking havoc on teeth. Continue reading
Disrepair, rot, extinction … these are the words that come up when you type ‘decay’ into your online thesaurus. Extinction! And that is exactly what can happen if your teeth are decaying. Tooth decay has the power to destroy your tooth structures and causes you to lose your teeth. And then, before you know it, your teeth are as obsolete as the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Exactly as the name suggests, tooth decay causes ruin wherever it goes. It can destroy any tooth in your mouth, from top to bottom, inside and out, on any level, and it can even destroy your gums and the bones that support your teeth. In fact, recent reports from medical researchers and top dentists indicate that, if it is left untreated, tooth decay not only can lead to gum disease, but more serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke. The saddest part about tooth decay is that it’s almost totally avoidable and preventable. There’s simply no reason to suffer from tooth decay and all the destruction it brings with it. In just a few simple steps, teeth can be healthy and strong, making tooth decay, rather than teeth, a thing of the past. Continue reading
Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that, if it is left untreated, can lead to periodontitis. This is a more serious form of gum disease that causes infections of the gums that can damage soft tissue and even destroy the bone structures that support your teeth. Periodontitis has even been reported as a contributing factor that can lead to serious health complications including heart disease and stroke. These are just some of the reasons gingivitis must be taken seriously. According to the AmericanAcademy of Periodontology, gingivitis is the more common form of gum disease and, even though it is a mild form of gum disease, it often leads to the more serious gum disease, periodontitis. Gingivitis can be painless, which means it often goes undetected, and therefore, neglected. The fact is, though, that gingivitis is easy to prevent. With a simple oral hygiene routine that takes just a few minutes a day, your teeth and gums should remain healthy and free of disease for the rest of your life. Here is further information on gingivitis, including the signs and symptoms to watch out for, how you and your family dentist in Clearwater can treat gingivitis, and how to prevent it in the first place. Continue reading
Halitosis. This is a scientific term for something that far too many Americans have. If it is bringing you down, you need to find an answer to fix the problem right away. No one wants to smell your bad breath. Luckily there are ways to prevent, mask, and cover it up.
Bad breath is from bacteria that causes odor grows in the mouth. It accumulates of left over bits of food left in between your teeth and in your mouth. Sulfur compounds are released to make your breath smell. This all happens because you do not brush your teeth and floss regularly. Continue reading
There are many ways to prevent and cover up bad breath. It is important to know what is causing your bad breath to know what will work best in your situation. There are a variety of things that can be causing it that should be fixed in order to stop bad breath from returning. Here are some causes of bad breath and ways that you can prevent it from returning in the future. Continue reading