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Saliva is Essential for Good Oral Health

June 7, 2019
Saliva is Essential for Good Oral Health

Saliva is a fluid produced by the salivary glands inside the mouth. Three major salivary glands are found inside the cheeks, beneath the tongue, and near the jawbone. Saliva is mostly made of water, mucus, proteins, electrolytes, and a mix of white blood and epithelial cells. Each of these components performs an essential function in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. When you eat bread, rice, or a juicy steak, the enzymes amylase and lipases found in saliva plays an essential role in predigesting starches and fats. Not only does saliva help predigest foods, but the mucus in saliva also protects the teeth and mouth from drying….


Silver Diamine Fluoride in Treating Early Childhood Caries

June 6, 2019

Early Childhood Caries

Active tooth decay in young children remains a challenging health issue in pediatric populations. Caries is commonly referred to as cavities or tooth decay. Children given sugary juices, milk, or formula to drink during the day or overnight are more likely to develop early childhood caries (ECC). ECC is a chronic infectious disease caused by the interaction of sugars, bacteria, and tooth enamel. Acids produced by the bacteria metabolizing sugars gradually breakdown the tooth’s enamel over time. Children’s exposed to these bacteria early are more likely to develop immediate and long-lasting oral health issue than children who were not exposed to the bacteria. Early childhood caries (ECC) is…


Professional Dental Cleaning is More Than Just Cleaning

June 4, 2019
Professional Dental Cleaning is More Than Just Cleaning

Most people might think that just brushing and flossing at home is adequate to keep their teeth clean. However, brushing and flossing will keep teeth healthy but having your teeth cleaned professionally by your dentist is more than just about cleaning. It will detect problems earlier before it can develop into cavities, gum disease, or require significant and expensive dental procedures. In the ordinary course of a day, plaque can buildup on our teeth and beneath the gum line. Regularly brushing will remove most plaque buildup but a small amount remains. Over time…


Sugary drinks – not so good for toddler’s teeth

June 3, 2019
Sugary drinks – not so good for toddler’s teeth

Many parents may think that those baby teeth will fall out anyway, and some parents may not be concern about those little teeth. While it is true that those first baby teeth will eventually fall out, however, tooth decay can negatively impact your toddler’s health and wellbeing. A problem in early childhood tooth decay can arise from drinking too many sugary soda and juice beverages. These sugary drinks are so prevalent on our supermarket shelves that it is almost impossible to avoid buying. According to the USDA, a healthy sugar daily intake should make up no more than 10% of our…


What are wisdom teeth?

May 31, 2019

What are wisdom teeth?

As the old saying goes, with age comes wisdom. As you age, your mouth undergoes different stages of change with one last milestone when your wisdom teeth emerge. Wisdom teeth are the third and final molar teeth that appear when people are in their late teens or early twenties. When these last sets of molar teeth are correctly aligned, they can be beneficial. However, not everyone will need their wisdom teeth.

Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to dental problems

When the wisdom teeth develop and emerges improperly, they can cause significant dental problems. The wisdom teeth can erupt sideways or partially erupts and…


When To Visit An Orthodontist

May 29, 2019

When To Visit An Orthodontist

The right time to visit an orthodontist is when you have concerns about the alignment of your teeth or your children’s teeth. You should see an orthodontist anytime you are concerned about or have questions about the alignment of your teeth or the quality of your bite. Sometimes the problems may not be apparent and consulting with an orthodontist can help diagnose and treat the problem. An orthodontist is a professional dentist who is trained in diagnosing and treating teeth that are protruding, crowded, or misplaced. Only your orthodontist can determine if your teeth would benefit from orthodontic treatments.

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Dental Plaque Buildup

May 27, 2019

Dental Plaque Buildup

Have you ever wondered what the sticky film that coats your teeth is? Or if you should be concerned about its buildup? The sticky film is called plaque. Plaque starts forming when you eat foods such as bread, milk, candy, and drinks, and the food remains on your teeth. When food particle and bacteria combine, they produce a colorless to yellow deposit that coats the surface of your teeth. These deposits form dental plaque, a thin biofilm deposit made of bacteria that are continuously created and develops on everyone’s teeth. Overtime dental plaque can buildup on your teeth and if left untouched can lead to dental…


Food Options with Dental Braces

May 24, 2019

Food Options with Dental Braces

Eating a healthy meal is essential for a well-balanced diet. If you are wearing braces, it is necessary to avoid certain types of foods and make healthier options. Let’s discuss which foods to avoid and options that will help you have a healthy smile while you are wearing braces, and afterwards.

Foods to avoid

Why should you avoid some foods? If you want to reveal a beautiful smile after your braces come off, or you don’t want stains and cavities to develop while wearing braces, you should avoid foods that can damage your braces or increase the risk of developing dental…


Tooth Abscess: Symptoms and Treatment

May 22, 2019

What is a tooth abscess?

Tooth Abscess: Symptoms and Treatment

If your jaw is aching, swollen, and feels sensitive when touch, you may have an abscessed tooth. A bacterial infection is what causes an abscess. An abscess is pus made up of dead cells and bacteria and can occur in different parts of your mouth. A tooth abscess is different from gum abscess due to the location of where it forms. A tooth abscess occurs deep inside the root of your tooth by bacteria. This type of abscess is called a periapical abscess. A tooth abscess is commonly caused by a cavity or cracked tooth exposing the soft…


The Role of Pain Management After Dental Surgery

May 20, 2019

The Role of Pain Management After Dental Surgery

You have probably taken some medicine for a headache to help manage the pain. With dental surgeries, you are usually also given medicine for the pain that you experience after the procedures. When dental pain is controlled, you will feel better. Pain management can be challenging and complex depending on the type of dental procedure you are having done to your teeth. The level of pain experience is different from one person to another. Generally, dental procedures that are done on the surface of the tooth create no or little inflammation response. However, when soft tissues…