Want to Stop Snoring? Try These Tips

One of the most significant consequences of snoring is the fact that it can cause your sleeping partner to lose much-needed sleep on a regular basis. However, even when it seems like a mild concern, at most, snoring can have a serious impact on your own quality of sleep and the quality of your long-term health. Typically, snoring is caused by mouth r throat tissues partially blocking your airway, forcing your air through a narrower canal. In addition to being loud, this can make it much more difficult for your body to receive the oxygen it needs. Fortunately, many patients can learn to stop snoring and enjoy better quality sleep with these few tips. (more…)

Important Facts About Bruxism

Besides things like tooth decay and gum disease, your smile can face a wide variety of dangers throughout life. Among these is the threat of bruxism, or consistent teeth-grinding, which can often affect patients for years before they realize it. Bruxism isn’t just the act of grinding your teeth, but rather a condition in which you can’t stop doing so. By understanding the condition, its common causes, and how you can treat it, you have a good chance of saving your smile from the potentially serious consequences of bruxism. (more…)

Can Deep Cleaning Cure Gingivitis?

Regular dental cleaning helps clean away most of the harmful oral bacteria that clings to your teeth and gums. Yet, it isn’t a guarantee that you’ll never experience a dental health issue. For instance, despite routine cleanings, many patients still develop gingivitis from bacteria accumulating underneath their gums. When this happens, your dentist can recommend deep cleaning (or periodontal cleaning) to remove the bacteria irritating your gums. If performed early enough, deep cleaning can often reverse the symptoms of gingivitis. However, if gingivitis matures into gum disease before you seek treatment, then the condition may no longer be curable. (more…)

Do Dental Checkups Really Prevent Anything?

It’s common knowledge that maintaining a schedule of dental checkups and cleanings is important to an effective preventive dental routine. However, many people can forget the importance of these appointments and postpone them, or neglect to go at all. If dental checkups weren’t that effective, then this wouldn’t be too much of a problem. But, the truth is, dental checkups can help you prevent issues that you don’t even realize are a threat so that you don’t have to worry about dealing with bigger dental problems later. (more…)

What Happens to a Bridge on Dental Implants?

Many patients who’ve lost one or two teeth rely on dental bridges to replace their lost teeth and rebuild their smiles, and many of those are supported by a series of dental implants. While dental bridges have long been a part of prosthetic dentistry, dental implants have become an important addition to all types of replacement teeth. When combined with a lifelike dental bridge, they can help patients enjoy the benefits of replacing their few lost teeth without having to modify healthy teeth for support. (more…)

Things a Dental Crown Can Fix

Dental crowns are so common that most people have had at least one placed in their lifetime. Those who haven’t typically know at least one person who has. The good thing about dental crowns, which are often called caps because they are placed completely over teeth, is that they can address a wide variety of cosmetic and functional issues with teeth of all types. If you need to restore or improve one or more of your teeth, then find out if dental crowns are the right way to fix your smile concerns. (more…)

Answers to Questions About Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction isn’t exactly the most common dental treatment. The procedure is meant to address severe dental health complications in which restorative dental treatment cannot save a tooth, and many people seek treatment for such complications before they become that severe. However, not everyone is able to prevent their dental health from deteriorating enough that one or more teeth must be extracted. In some cases, tooth extraction is the only option to make way for your dentist to fully restore your smile. (more…)

Does Your Toothache Mean You Need Root Canal Treatment?

When you have a toothache, home remedies like taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may help you find some comfort. However, the relief is only temporary, and in some cases, the pain may be so severe that even medication doesn’t help alleviate it. While there are many potential causes for a toothache, one of the most common reasons behind severe tooth pain is internal tooth infection, or decay. If your discomfort doesn’t get better, or it’s already so severe that you find it hard to bite and chew, then speak with your dentist to find out if your toothache means you need root canal treatment. (more…)

How Well Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Work?

Most people will experience a cavity at least once in their life, and for many of them, a tooth filling will be the best way to treat it. Traditionally, fillings have been most often made from a strong mixture of metals known as amalgam, which provides the strength and durability needed to withstand biting and chewing. Today, however, most patients can benefit more from a tooth-colored filling, which can be made to blend in discreetly with their teeth while simultaneously treating and restoring their smiles. (more…)

A Few Tips to Avoid Cavities this Thanksgiving

This weekend, most of us may not be thinking about our teeth as we’re enjoying a variety of Thanksgiving treats. However, those same treats are a significant reason why some people are at a much higher risk of cavities during this time of year. Cavities are caused by harmful oral bacteria (the building blocks of plaque and tartar), which turn the nutrients you eat into harmful substances that attack your teeth. Fortunately, you can still enjoy all that the holiday has to offer while protecting your teeth from cavities with these few tips from your dentist.   (more…)