Archive for January, 2017

Chewing Gum for Oral Hygiene — Good Idea or Bad?

Is it true that your oral hygiene can improve if you chew gum? Most products found in the candy aisle at the grocery store aren’t exactly good for your mouth. Eating sugary treats can create the ideal environment for decay-causing bacteria to thrive, leading to plaque, cavities and a loss of critical tooth minerals. However, […]

Dental Implant Surgery Impacted by 2 Drugs

Dental implant surgery has a success rate of up to 98 percent when performed by an experienced oral surgeon, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. However, recent research from the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, indicates that two commonly prescribed medications can have an effect on the […]

Oral Surgeon vs. Orthodontist — What’s the Difference?

Which dental issues are handled by oral surgeons, and which are typically treated by orthodontists? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. Dental specialties can be confusing, and many patients don’t know which type of professional they should see for different dental problems. Oral surgeons and orthodontists each specialize in specific aspects of dental care […]

What NOT to Do After Wisdom Tooth Removal

Most patients recover from wisdom tooth removal in just a few days, but complete healing of the gums can take three to four weeks. However, the way you care for yourself after having your wisdom teeth removed can make a big difference in the length of your recovery. If you want to heal quickly — […]

Periodontal Disease and Bone Loss: What You Need to Know

Periodontal disease is a problem for more than 47 percent of adults aged 30 or over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In older adults, the condition is much more common, occurring in roughly 70 percent of people age 65 or older. Research has long linked periodontal disease to bone loss in […]

Oral Health Care for Cancer Patients

Good oral health care is important for everyone, but for cancer patients, taking care of the mouth is even more critical. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), more than 30 percent of patients who are treated for cancer develop oral complications. Radiation and chemotherapy can profoundly affect oral tissues, resulting […]

Perfectly Imperfect Dental Implants for a Natural-Looking Smile

Dental implants can give you a flawless smile, with uniformly shaped teeth that are perfectly symmetrical and even. The problem is that perfect, pearly-white teeth may look fake or unnatural. Would you rather have a more organically beautiful smile? A perfectly imperfect look is possible with implant dentistry, and this approach is growing in popularity. […]

Could Good Oral Health Prevent Pneumonia?

The link between oral health and pneumonia has been well-documented with scientific evidence. Could keeping your teeth and gums healthy and disease-free be the key to lowering the risk of this serious lung infection? A recent study conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine says that yes, routine preventive oral health care […]

Do TMJ Disorders Always Require Treatment?

Temporomandibular joint and muscle, or TMJ, disorders are estimated to affect millions across the U.S., according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR). This means that approximately 5 to 12 percent of the population suffers recurrent or chronic facial pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint as a result of this condition. […]