- A high percentage of patients who reported depression also reported an aching mouth. Also half a bit it to having their teeth to be in fair or poor condition.
- Depression can lead to temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders that can cause restriction of jaw and even pain.
- If you are taking medications for depression, the side effects can increase the risk of periodontal disease, oral infections and tartar buildup. Other side effects may even weaken teeth and gums and cause them damage.
Six Tricks for Avoiding scary Halloween Treats
- Be selective with what you let your kids have. Some candies can cause damage to your teeth so try to avoid those at all costs. Some examples are caramels or hard candies, anything chewy or acidic. Try to stick with chocolates as they are soft, easy to eat and won’t stick on your teeth.
- Teach your children to eat in moderation. This isn’t just for Halloween but considering the amount of candy children receive,
Scraping your Tongue: The Benefits
Believe it or not our tongue is a vital part of our oral and overall body health. Keeping your tongue clean is a very important part of your oral hygiene. The easiest way to do that is to brush your tongue. What you may not know is that our tongues hold over 10,000 taste buds, And double the amount of bacteria. Bacteria that hide out on our tongues can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Read more »
When and why to extract a tooth
First off a tooth should never be extracted unless a dental provider has been consulted. With that being said there are specific reasons why it’s a better idea to extract the tooth. Most dental providers will not extract a tooth without discussing the pros and cons. Many will also recommend getting an implant in place of that tooth. An implant will help to keep healthy bone around the site where the original tooth was lost. Read more »
Six quick dental tips
- Soft bristle toothbrushes. Soft bristle toothbrushes are best because they do not cause gingival recession
- Discard brushes after sickness. Toothbrushes can have microbal buildup, which can cause sickness to reoccur.
- Don’t brush too hard. Over brushing can erode enamel and irritate gums. After time it can cause an increase sensitivity and recession of the gums.
- Drink lots of water. Water is not only important for overall health,
Three ways Nail Biting can affect your Oral Health
It seems like most people have at least one bad habit. When I was younger mine was nail biting. I have since grown out of it and I’m so glad I have since now I know there are things that could affect your mouth and teeth.
The first thing that can be affected are your front teeth. The enamel on your teeth is pretty strong but if you’ve bitten your nails before you know how strong they can be also. Read more »
The Whitening Process
Everyone wants whiter teeth. Zoom is an in office whitening procedure. If you are not up to date with you dental cleanings we always recommend having one done prior to getting Zoom.
Let me tell you the process that happens with Zoom whitening.
Your scheduled appointment will take approximately two hours. First, your hygienist will take an impression of your teeth…Which will be used to make whitening trays for you to take home along with a syringe of waiting gel for maintenance. Read more »
5 Reasons to see your Dentist
So many of us have busy lives and end up putting off our needs because of lack of time. One thing you should not do is put off seeing your dentist when you’re having problems with your mouth. Here are 5 signs you should buzz the doctor for an appointment.
- Tooth pain- when a toothache starts it’s very difficult to ignore it. At first you try to deal with the pain with homemade remedies but if the pain persists it maybe time to call the doctor.
Protect your lips
Whether outside working in your yard or on the beach catching some rays, SPF should be a very important part of your daily routine.
If you have ever gotten a sunburn on your face or lips and he would agree it’s painful and no fun.
Protecting your face and the rest of your body is pretty self-explanatory when it comes to sun damage and cancer, but many people often forget about their lips. Read more »
What is more refreshing than a nice slice of lemon in your water or a piece of fresh orange?
With summer just around the corner and fruit in full bloom make sure you’re paying attention to how much you are eating and using in your water.
Certain citrusy fruits can be one of the leading causes to dental erosion.
Teeth have a very strong enamel; however, that enamel can be weakened and compromised when they are exposed to too much acidic substance. Read more »
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