5 simple ways to improve your oral health

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Oral Health

Improving your oral health doesn’t have to be a huge chore. There are a few simple actions you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent oral health problems. 1. Brush Before Bedtime When you’re tired at the end of a long day, it’s tempting to skip brushing your teeth before bedtime. There are a few reasons...
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Does Gum Disease Increase the Risk of Dementia? Studies Show a Link

When we discuss with our patients the importance of caring for their gums, it’s not just because of the inflammation we observe. We are concerned about the health issues that stem from gum disease. In addition to contributing to receding gums, sensitivity, bad breath, and tooth loss, it is well-established that gum disease contributes to an array of serious health...
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That Pain in Your Jaw Could be From Bruxism

“Do you grind your teeth?” I asked my patient. She looked surprised and said, “Not that I know of!” At Ultimate Smile Design, this is a common exchange with our patients during preventive dental checkups. We often see evidence of teeth clenching and grinding, or bruxism, while our patients don’t even realize they are doing it. As we discuss the...
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Strong Tooth Enamel Starts With a Healthy Diet

In our dental practice, we often see patients who have lost enamel on their teeth. Enamel helps protect our teeth from decay, as well as harsh temperatures and chemicals. It is the hardest mineral substance in our body, but when it is compromised, it leaves the softer dentin layer of your teeth exposed, which leads to tooth sensitivity, discoloration, and...
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Dental Sealants: Pros and Cons

Has your dentist recommended dental sealants? Dental sealants are commonly applied as a means of preventing cavities caused by tooth decay. A protective coating that is applied to premolars and molars to prevent bacteria from eating away at tooth surfaces, a dental sealant is often part of routine care, particularly for children and teens. But, are there any disadvantages to...
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Signs it’s Time to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, those troublesome third molars which typically appear during late adolescence when we are presumably older and wiser, are often a cause for concern among patients in our dental practice. To remove wisdom teeth or not? That is a common question. There are cases when wisdom teeth do not need to be removed: if they are healthy, grown in...