Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt and believe it or not, that is why they are called wisdom teeth. They usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 and this is the period of time that we are supposedly becoming wiser, hence, the name wisdom teeth. The reason we have wisdom teeth is because ancient man needed the extra teeth in the back to chow down on raw meat, roots, and leaves. Today it is common to have wisdom teeth removed, mainly because our jaws have become smaller and there is not enough room for them to erupt, plus we really don’t need them. So…how wise is it to keep your wisdom teeth?
Don’t break out in a sweat if your dentist recommends root canal therapy. Although root canals seem like something out of a horror flick, they actually aren’t much different than getting a tooth filled. In fact, 41,000 root canal procedures are performed every day and nearly 90 percent of patients are satisfied with their treatment. Would you be satisfied if you were experiencing horrifying pain? Probably not! Today we are busting the myths about root canals.
Kids love candy, but they dread having to get their teeth filled. Eating candy and other sweets and starches leads to cavities. The reason we get cavities is because our mouths are filled with bacteria, some of it good and some of it bad. The bad bacteria reacts with sugars and starches (which break down into sugars) and secrete acid. This acid demineralizes our tooth enamel, softening it up, and leaving it at risk to bacteria and erosion. Brushing your teeth twice–or even better–three times daily removes the sugars that bad bacteria love to feed on. Brushing your teeth can help prevent cavities from forming. Even so, over 90 percent of the population has cavities and more than three-quarters develop their first cavity before the age of 17. Cavities are so common we thought you would like to learn the history of dental fillings.
What is a dental crown? If you’ve never had the need for dental work you may not know. That goes the same for other dental treatments crowns, veneers, implants, bridges. Until you need the treatment you may not be familiar with what it is. Let’s talk about crowns…no that’s not a Celine Dion song. A dental crown is a type of dental restoration, but that’s all we are going to tell you. Take our multiple choice quiz to test your knowledge about dental crowns. MC is for multiple choice. Check out our multiple choice crowns quiz below.
Have you ever wondered the difference between preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, general dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry? Some of the treatments are the same but they are performed for different reasons, and some of the treatments are different. For instance, preventive dentistry helps “prevent” cavities and other dental health issues from developing. Cosmetic dentistry is all about making your smile more esthetic. But, what is restorative dentistry? Take the true or false quiz below to find out.
It is estimated that 90 million Americans snore. If those people have a bed partner, that is 180 million people not sleeping well. Is everybody walking around tired? If so, that problem can be remedied. Even if snoring is not a problem for you, it can be a problem for your spouse. The noise can keep them awake hour after hour, night after night. In some cases, couples cannot even sleep in the same room together due to one of them snoring. According to research, over 20 million of the 90 million Americans that snore have sleep apnea. That is why it’s important to find out when snoring becomes a problem.
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime so you might think there is no way to destroy them. They can be knocked out by while playing sports or due to an accident. They can decay. But destroy? Isn’t that awfully dramatic you may wonder? There are ways to destroy your teeth. Methamphetamine use destroys teeth. The acids in soda can eventually destroy your teeth. But another very destructive habit is bruxing. What is bruxing? Bruxism is the dental term for the chronic grinding and clenching of your teeth. Are you destroying your teeth?
Tooth decay is a common occurrence in children and adults alike. Improper hygiene techniques, and lack of preventive care are main contributors to the necessity of restorative treatments and further dental work. Decay is often painless and can go unnoticed for quite some time. In many cases, it is only detected by X-ray, which is why it is always important to follow your dentist’s recommendations for preventive visits, as this will greatly reduce your chances of developing cavities. (more…)
Not looking forward to the idea of a mouth full of metal but you would love to enjoy a straighter smile? Fortunately, we offer clear braces to align your teeth. Though the idea of braces that others cannot detect may sound like an amazing option, you may wonder how this is possible. You may also find that you have a long list of other questions that you would like answered before moving forward with treatment. If you think orthodontic care is just what you need and you are ready to improve the appearance of your grin, we encourage you to learn more about the Invisalign and ClearCorrect treatments to find out if they are right for you:
Are you one of the many patients who have discovered the wonderful benefits of porcelain veneers? This cosmetic treatment offers an incredibly long list of benefits, some of which you may have already begun to learn about. You may also have a general knowledge regarding what to expect from the procedure itself. However, if you are considering choosing veneers but are still on the fence, your problem may simply be that you are lacking some essential information that will help you make a final decision. Before you assume you know all there is to know, do yourself a favor: Test your knowledge with this quiz: