There are several problems that are often associated with impacted wisdom teeth (or third molars), the most prominent of which may be the discomfort that they cause. Though not everyone will have to deal with wisdom tooth impaction, those who do may only find reprieve by extracting the extraneous molars. However, discomfort is not the only issue that can arise from impacted wisdom teeth—if not removed, they can also significantly increase your risks of periodontal disease, which can lead to irreversible damage to the supportive structures of your teeth. (more…)
Periodontal disease, more popularly known as gum disease, isn’t guaranteed to affect everyone, but it is common enough that everyone should be concerned about preventing it. If allowed to form, periodontal disease can also be destructive enough that everyone who exhibits it should be concerned about treating it. The best way to prevent gum disease is by being consistent about good dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Otherwise, the condition can develop and evolve almost unnoticed, and prove more costly than you might at first realize to your oral and overall health. (more…)
You have probably been brushing your teeth for as long as you can remember. You do this because it is one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy, while preventing tooth decay and gum disease from occurring. While we applaud every patient who takes preventive care seriously, we have to ask: Are you following best practices for brushing? If you cannot definitively answer this question with a wholehearted, “yes” then we encourage you to consider the following suggestions for brushing. By making even one or two minor adjustments to your daily habits, you can see major improvements in your ability to maintain a clean, healthy smile.