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How Cigarette Smoking Affects The Teeth, Gums, and Tongue

October 31, 2018

Filed under: Oral Hygiene,Prevention — lrfamily @ 8:30 am

Cigarette smoking among adults in the U.S. hit an all-time low of 14% in 2017, down from 42.4% in 1965. Unfortunately, this still means that tens of millions of Americans are placing themselves at risk for developing lung cancer, heart disease, and dozens of other diseases and illnesses that are caused by smoking.

Cigarette smoke not only impacts your heart and lungs, but it also adversely affects smokers’ oral health, damaging the teeth, gums, and tongue.

In addition to cigarettes, vaping using electronic cigarette devices (usually called e-cigarettes) has risen in popularity among younger generations, and although it’s generally considered “safer,” smoke is still introduced into the body and with it a number of other chemicals and inhalants.

Learn about the short and long-term effects of smoking and how it impacts your oral health. (more…)

What Is Oral Thrush?

October 1, 2018

Filed under: Oral Hygiene,Prevention — lrfamily @ 4:08 pm

Thrush, also known as candidiasis or moniliasis, is a fungal infection in the mouth that’s characterized by the rapid reproduction of yeast. While it’s far more prevalent in babies, adults and the elderly may also develop this condition.

Oral thrush may begin as nothing more than a few white sores on the tongue and cheek, but it can quickly spread throughout the mouth if not properly treated.

In severe cases, the white bumps associated with this condition can make it difficult for individuals to chew, swallow, or brush their teeth. Any pressure placed against these bumps may create signals of pain. When a person stops brushing his or her teeth due to the presence of painful thrush bumps, the condition may become progressively worse. (more…)

Bleeding Gums: Why Do My Gums Bleed So Easily?

August 21, 2018

Filed under: Endodontics,Prevention — lrfamily @ 12:00 pm

Do your gums frequently bleed when you brush your teeth or eat certain types of foods? The sight of blood originating from your gums can be frightening to say the least, but understanding the root cause of this condition will allow you to better treat and prevent it.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

There are a number of different factors which can play a role in bleeding gums. These include…

Changes to Your Teeth Cleaning Routine

Your teeth and gums can be very sensitive to change. By way of example, let’s say you have been using the same toothbrush for a few months and you get a new one at the end of your checkup with us. That night, you are very excited to use your new brush, but look down and see some pink in the sink. In many cases, there is no need to fear. What probably happened was that your old brush was soft-bristled due to use, while the new brush is firm and has scraped against your gums.

Changes to your flossing schedule have the same effect. Take your time to ease into new changes to your routine. (more…)

Harmful Effects of Charcoal Toothpaste

May 24, 2018

Filed under: Oral Hygiene,Prevention,Teeth Whitening — lrfamily @ 11:00 am

Over the years, various teeth whitening trends have taken off in popularity and almost always offer benefits that sound too good to be true. Most of the time, that’s because they usually are too good to be true! Dentists must be vigilant to the changes in these trends and educate patients whenever possible.

One of the latest trends involves using charcoal-based toothpastes to whiten and brighten teeth. However, professional dentists have a lot to say about this trend and its impact on teeth. (more…)

Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

March 6, 2017

Filed under: Crowns and Bridges,Oral Hygiene,Prevention,Root Canal — lrfamily @ 9:38 am

For some people, the pain that causes them to ask themselves, “Why do my teeth hurt?” might not only be in the teeth, but in the gum line, the jaw, or the exterior of the tooth. Perhaps the word “hurt” is too general as well, because there are different types of pain, such as tender gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, toothaches, and more.

Pain is a defensive response of the body that is meant to alert you that something is wrong and needs attention. It can range from moderate to severe and can be aggravated by an external stimulus like chewing or drinking hot/cold liquid. If you are experiencing symptoms that are generalized as “teeth hurting,” it’s important to pinpoint where the pain is coming from, what type of pain you are feeling and under what circumstances it is happening. When you do this, you can discern the issue and find out if you need emergency dental work or not.

Below you will find common symptoms of pain and what might be wrong. Contact our knowledgeable dentists if you have any questions!

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