Archive for the ‘ Dental Conditions/Diseases ’ Category

Holiday stress may lead to TMJ

The holidays can be stressful! Stress and teeth grinding are common causes of TMJ disorder. Temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles […]

Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity is a common condition that can affect people of all ages. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel wears away, exposing the under layer or dentin. When the nerve endings in the root area are exposed to extreme temperatures, the result is often discomfort or pain. The pain or discomfort can be triggered […]

What Is Dental Plaque?

  Dental plaque is a thin, sticky, light yellow film that develops naturally on teeth. It’s the gooey, almost colorless substance you find on dental floss after it’s been used to clean between your teeth.   Plaque is made up of groups of bacteria called biofilm that attach to the tooth’s surface, mainly in tight […]

How to Treat Tooth Infections and Dental Abscesses

Tooth infections refer to a disease of the teeth or the surrounding gum or jaw area. A tooth infection can be very painful and if not treated, can lead to more serious conditions that require more complicated interventions. Tooth Infections: Common tooth infections, which are localized in the living pulp tissue, come from tooth decay […]

5 Causes of Bad Breath and How to Treat Them

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis, is a persistent and socially embarrassing problem that affects millions of people worldwide. While there are numerous causes of bad breath, many of them can be treated easily and quickly using simple techniques. Identifying the exact cause of your bad breath will make it easier to find the cure. […]

A Healthy Body Starts With A Healthy Mouth

Did you know that the condition of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole? Because of this, your dentist may be the first health care provider to see signs of a medical problem. If something out of the ordinary is discovered, you can follow up with your physician for early detection […]

What Are These Sores In My Mouth?

From time to time you may experience a sore in or around your mouth. Most of these will resolve by themselves in 10-14 days but if they don’t go away on their own, your dentist is the professional to see for diagnosis and treatment. A dentist is qualified to evaluate all areas of oral health […]

Tooth Decay: Treatment and Symptoms

Tooth decay, or cavities, is the active process of tooth destruction caused by interactions between teeth, bacteria and a diet high in sugar and starch. Natural bacteria live in the mouth and form plaque which is a clear, sticky, film-like substance. Initially plaque is easy to remove from teeth. However, as it builds up it […]

Tongue Piercings: What You Need To Know

photo credit: michaelallroy via photo pin cc Tongue piercing is a form  body piercing that involves a needle being inserted through the mid-line of the tongue so that a stud, hoop or barbell can be inserted. This type of piercing is usually done without anesthetics. Tongue piercings tend to be popular among adolescents and young […]

Gum (Periodontal) Disease and Second Hand Smoke

Smokers have a higher risk of periodontal (gum) disease than non-smokers and smoking can be linked to more than half of the periodontal cases seen in the United States. However smokers are not the only ones effected. Research shows that secondhand smoke can also increase risk. Non-smokers suffer many of the same diseases (heart disease, […]