Category Archives Dentistry

Meth Mouth

Meth is a dangerous and addictive drug that leads to self-neglect in long-term use. Meth use results in discolored, rotten, and disintegrating teeth, as well as gum disease. Treatment involves dental procedures and drug discontinuation. It is not recommended to treat meth mouth while still using the drug. Meth mouth is a term used to describe a collection of dental…

Dental Implant Surgery

It can be difficult to feel like you’re living your best life when you’re missing a tooth. You never want to crack a full smile. You eat carefully, worried that food will hurt your gums. You notice the gap every time you look in the mirror. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Because dental implant surgery involves replacing…

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling or swishing—the practice of swishing oil in the mouth for better oral health—is one of the most controversial oral hygiene practices today. Proponents claim it can do anything from dissolve plaque to combat tooth sensitivity to help with weight loss. Dental professionals disagree: the American Dental Association (ADA) and other health organizations warn against this practice. In general,…

oral thrush

Oral thrush is not uncommon but is rarely serious. Some people are at higher risk for developing this infection. Understanding the cause of thrush may help reduce the risk. A variety of treatments – including several that are natural – can offer quick relief. Children with weak immune systems are more likely to get oral thrush infections. In adults, this…

dental phobia

Dental technology and services have evolved significantly in recent years. However, some patients are still afraid to visit a dentist to receive routine treatment and restorative care. While avoiding dental procedures may ease situational stress and anxiety, skipping appointments can have a negative impact on your oral hygiene, physical health, and confidence. Modern innovations like oral sedation, updated dental care…

Malnutrition from eating disorders can lead to other debilitating conditions, such as osteoporosis. Eating disorders can inhibit salivation, the body’s number one defense against acid erosion. Some treatments for anorexia may also negatively impact the teeth. Brushing immediately after meals could do more harm than good. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), no fewer…

sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry provides several options for patients who are fearful of the dentist. Nitrous oxide is the most common and affordable option. Side-effects and risks vary depending on the type of sedation chosen. Sedation dentistry is not always covered by dental insurance, unless it’s deemed medically necessary. For as many as one-in-five adults in North America, visiting the dentist is…

bruxism

Even though as many as 30 million people struggle with excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching (bruxism) on a daily basis, there still aren’t many treatment options available. Bruxism causes more than just joint pain and annoyance to others, it can also cause serious dental issues as well as problems of the jaw and jaw joint. Bruxism can be caused…

wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth often need to be removed as they can become impacted, cause infection or affect neighboring teeth. Surgery is quick and safe, with most patients requiring a week to ten days for recovery. Local or general anesthesia is used during surgery so no pain is felt. The removal…

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