For as long as there have been dentists, patients have dreaded dental appointments. For many, visiting the dentist involves a long wait in a poorly decorated dental office with uncomfortable chairs and five year-old magazines. Well, not anymore! There is a new trend emerging that is making many patients actually look forward to visiting the … Continue reading "Looking Forward to Dental Appointments?"
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. When most of us think about having a tooth extracted or pulled from our mouth, it automatically conjures up thoughts of pain and discomfort. However, with dental advances including sedation dentistry, this does not have to be the case. The … Continue reading "Painless Tooth Extractions"
Although the prevalence of partial and total tooth loss among Americans has decreased since 1970, tooth loss is still a problem for many Americans. A full grown adult has thirty-two teeth including four wisdom teeth. Many adults will have their wisdom teeth removed leaving them with twenty-eight teeth. According to the latest (1999-2004) National Health … Continue reading "Tooth Loss in the United States"
Have you ever noticed that almost everyone in Hollywood has a perfect smile? It is rare to see an actor or an actress on television or in the movies who does not have perfect teeth. You can be assured that they were not all born this way! Many actors and actresses choose to improve the … Continue reading "Hollywood Smiles For Regular People"
Scientific research has proven that the better you look, the better others treat you. It is not even a conscious choice by those around you; it is just the way human nature works. Right or wrong, the reality is that attractiveness can determine how other people perceive you and treat you. Your smile and teeth … Continue reading "The Benefits of an Attractive Smile"
For many people, the New Year is a great time to get their lives in order and start new, healthier habits. Some will start a new diet or an exercise routine in the New Year. You may notice that your local gym gets very crowded in January. Others will try to quit smoking or using … Continue reading "Starting Out the New Year With Good Oral Health"
Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. The pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They often occur five to thirty times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud choking sound. It is … Continue reading "Sleep Apnea"
As a natural part of the aging process, our teeth often become darker due to changes in their mineral structure as the enamel becomes less porous. Over time, bacterial pigments, tobacco and foods and beverages including red wine, coffee, berries, tea and colas can stain our teeth and cause them to become discolored. The use … Continue reading "Your Age and Your Teeth"
Every year, approximately 35,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer, a largely preventable form of cancer affecting the mouth and/or part of the throat. Many oral cancers are related to alcohol use, the use of tobacco products, or both. Drinking alcohol only in moderation and avoiding all tobacco products can help reduce your risk of … Continue reading "Oral Cancer"
According to the most recent (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 8.52% of American adults aged 20-64 have periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease involves a chronic bacterial infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth including the gums, the periodontal ligaments and the tooth sockets (alveolar bone). If left untreated, periodontal disease … Continue reading "Periodontal Disease"