Archive for September, 2016

Can You Prevent Gum Disease with a Smartphone App?

Preventing gum disease: Is there really an app for that? You rely on your smartphone for just about everything, but did you know you can use it to improve your oral hygiene habits? Dozens of dental apps are available for both iOS and Android users, designed to help people avoid cavities and gum disease. So […]

Dental Implants Are a Cost-Effective Solution for Missing Teeth

How does the cost of dental implants compare to other options for replacing missing teeth? If you do a little research online, you’ll find that the initial investment for dental implants is generally higher than the cost of other tooth replacement options. But implants appear to be more economical in the long run. Recent research […]

Traumatic Facial Injuries Caused by E-Cigarette Explosions

Use of e-cigarettes can result in traumatic facial injuries, according to recent research. Smokeless electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, may be less harmful than traditional cigarettes, as they contain fewer cancer-causing substances. However, what many smokers don’t know is that these devices can cause traumatic facial injuries. E-cigarettes don’t require a flame, but they carry a […]

Reducing Your Risk of Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the soft tissues and structures that support the teeth. Gingivitis, the mildest form, causes the gums to redden, swell and bleed. Left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, in which the gums pull away from the teeth, bone tissue breaks down and the teeth […]

Bone Grafting for Dental Implants: Not as Scary as it Sounds

Simply hearing the words “bone grafting” is enough to scare some patients, just as the thought of having a root canal makes some shudder. Consequently, the news that you need bone grafting may seem frightening. Fortunately, you don’t need to worry, because the procedure is not at all scary or painful. Understanding how the grafting […]

Corrective Jaw Surgery Resolves Common Bite Problems

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, can provide a solution when the jaws are not properly aligned or when the teeth don’t meet as they should. A combination of both orthodontic and surgical procedures can correct skeletal and dental irregularities to make chewing, speaking and breathing easier. The goal of orthognathic surgery is to improve […]

Congenitally Missing Teeth: Causes and Treatments

Congenitally missing teeth (CMT), known as hypodontia, is a condition in which the permanent teeth do not develop. Hypodontia is one of the most common dental abnormalities. According to research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the congenital absence of teeth may affect as many as 16.2 percent of the population. Why do some […]

Women’s Oral Health Influenced by Hormones

Unlike men, women’s oral health can be significantly affected by the unique hormonal changes they experience throughout their lives. In fact, according to the Office on Women’s Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, female hormones can lead to an increase in several dental issues. Women also are more susceptible […]