Most people ignore an aching tooth, passing it off as sensitivity and just pop some pain relievers and hope for the best. Unfortunately, a toothache can be more than just tooth sensitivity. For example, it may be a dental cavity. If a serious dental problem goes untreated and ignored, more severe conditions may develop. An example of
Oral cancer is a serious threat and it deserves adequate medical attention. The American Cancer Society estimates that oral cancer will strike more than 50,000 people this year. Unfortunately, the survival rate after five years can be as low as 52%. The good news is modern medicine provides many options for treating oral cancer, so patients are
Mouth sores are growths or lesions that can appear on the tongue, lips, gums, roof of the mouth, and inside the cheeks. They are often unsightly and painful, and they can make anyone feel self-conscious. External mouth sores are also called canker sores or cold sores. Some mouth sores disappear on their own, depending on the cause; however,
Tooth decay creates cavities or holes in tooth enamel. To stop the decay, the hole in the enamel must be filled. The filling also builds a barrier to prevent the nerves in the gums at the base of the tooth from being affected. If the nerve is exposed due to too much tooth decay, it
Your dentist will advise you to brush your teeth at least twice every day. There are many different types of toothpaste on the market that are all designed to prevent cavities and tartar, as well as take care of your gum health and your general oral health. Almost all of these brands of toothpaste contain fluoride.
A cracked tooth may be slightly chipped, have tiny fractures, or be broken all the way down to the gumline. Our teeth can crack in many different ways depending on the location and the cause of the break. Teeth are especially vulnerable to being cracked when we bite into something very hard, such as nuts
A loose tooth in a young child is a common occurrence and is healthy, because their baby teeth are naturally being pushed out and replaced with adult teeth. However, this is no longer normal when you are an adult. Adult teeth are permanent and are designed to last a lifetime. However, a loose tooth in adults can
There’s something about a great smile. We can’t help but smile back when we see one. As we age, we are more likely to lose one or more teeth due to natural degeneration of the bone structure. Also, if we play high-contact sports without wearing a mouth guard, we can lose one or more teeth.
Gum disease (periodontitis) develops slowly, and many adults have some stage of it. Having gum disease means your gum tissues are inflamed and irritated by a proliferation of bacteria. Early-stage gum disease or gingivitis include persistent bad breath, sensitive teeth, and sore and bleeding gums. Advanced stage gum disease can cause pain when chewing, receding gums,
Contrary to popular belief, flossing is just as important as brushing. Unfortunately, a lot of people overlook flossing even as adults. So, naturally, a lot of kids grow up not flossing. Teaching children good oral health habits begins as soon as the first tooth sprouts through the gums. Along with brushing twice a day, it’s important to