1. Mobile Dental Clinics Help Reduce Long-Term Oral Disease

    Gum disease and dental carries are the most common problems in oral health among the US population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 years suffer from untreated gum disease. Additionally, the ADA has noted that 26.5% of adults age 19 to 64 years, and 16.7% age 65 years and older, live with untreated tooth decay. Not only are th…Read More

  2. How to clean your retainer: Eight helpful tips

    Most people would never consider going days without brushing their teeth. However, many retainer wearers go for long stretches of time without cleaning these devices.The same bacteria that build up on teeth can grow on a retainer. As a result, putting an unclean retainer in your mouth is like applying a bacteria and plaque-laden solution to the teeth and gums. If people do not know how to clean re…Read More

  3. Itchy gums: Causes, relief, and prevention

    There are many reasons why gums can itch, from an allergic reaction to issues with teeth. What are the possible causes, and are itchy gums an early warning sign that can help prevent other health problems?Gums are the soft tissue surrounding the teeth that provide a seal around each tooth. Healthy gums are essential for protecting teeth, and itching is often a sign that bacteria have built up betw…Read More

  4. Is Your Thanksgiving Feast Good for Your Teeth?

    Turkey The Good: This main course is packed with protein. The Bad: "Turkey can be difficult to eat because it sometimes gets stuck between your teeth," says ADA spokesperson Dr. Kim Harms. "That’s where flossing can help." The MouthHealthy: It's the star of the Thanksgiving table. Gobble it up! Cranberry Sauce The Good: It's a tasty Thanksgiving tradition. The Bad: Cranberries are naturally…Read More

  5. Baby Teeth

    If you think your baby’s toothless smile is cute, just wait until their first few teeth make an appearance. When Do Baby Teeth Come In? A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth and typically begin to appear when a baby is between 6 months and 1 year. Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3. Check out this baby teeth eruption chart to…Read More

  6. Sensitive Teeth

    Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Possible causes include: Tooth decay (cavities) Fractured teeth Worn fillings Gum disease Worn tooth enamel Exposed tooth root In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the g…Read More

  7. Should we blame our genes for the bacteria behind tooth decay?

    By Catharine Paddock PhD The composition of our oral bacteria when we are very young is predominantly influenced by our genetic background. But as we age, this heritable factor wanes and non-heritable ones such as diet and oral hygiene play a stronger role in shaping the oral microbiome. This idea is supported by a new study - led by the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in La Jolla, CA - which …Read More

  8. Health Buzz: Sparkling Water Is Safe for Your Teeth, Dentist Says

    By David Oliver Chances are you or someone you know prefers sparkling water like trendy La Croix over tap or still mineral water. Whether it's the allure of the fizz or dissatisfaction with the run-of-the-mill beverage, people flock to what's more exciting. But does this excitement compromise the safety of your teeth? In short, the answer is no. That's according to Dr. Edmond Hewlett, a profess…Read More

  9. Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis May Have Common Origins

    By Maureen Donohue Take care of your teeth and they'll take care of you. The origins of this adage are unknown, but modern research has confirmed that oral health and systemic disease often go hand in hand, something physicians have suspected for more than 3,000 years. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician who is widely credited as the father of modern western medicine, advocated pulling teet…Read More

  10. Gingivitis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

    By Christian Nordqvist Dentist working on a patient Gingivitis is a common type of periodontal disease. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of a film of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth - plaque; this is known as plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can progres…Read More