Do your gums hurt? Do they feel tender or bleed when you brush your teeth? Healthy gums should not be painful or bleed. There a several reasons your gums might show signs of an impending ailment. This is why it’s essential to determine the source of the problem. Issues with your gums might indicate a minor problem that is easy to correct. On the other hand, some gum problems indicate a more severe condition. With an exam and evaluation, your dentist will look at your mouth and offer treatment options. [Read more…]
You’ve probably heard about wisdom teeth, but how much do you know about them? Wisdom teeth are known as “third molars.” Many people have them, but not everybody does. If you have wisdom teeth, you might need them removed at some point.
The next time you have dental x-rays, make sure to ask your dentist if third molars appear on your images. It’s a good idea to know if you have them, so you won’t be surprised if they start poking through your gums. [Read more…]
Dental x-rays are an excellent diagnostic tool that help your dentist observe areas of your teeth and jaw that would otherwise be impossible to see with a visual exam. Besides helping detect cavities, dental x-rays can also help detect and diagnose gum disease, a tumor, bone loss, and more. X-rays are important for many reasons.
Many patients worry about the safety of dental x-rays. In reality, however, modern dental x-rays are safe and emit a very low radiation level. Many dental offices use advanced digital radiography, which is an x-ray technology that is much safer than the old-fashioned machines used in dental offices many years ago. Even though today’s x-rays are very safe, dental offices take many precautions to protect you from the smallest amounts of radiation. [Read more…]
Fluoride Treatments Help Make Teeth Stronger
Fluoride treatments for children are recommended by dentists around the world. The benefits of applying fluoride to young teeth are significant. Fluoride can help make teeth stronger and more resistant to decay.
Many parents understand the advantages of professional fluoride treatments and they allow their children to receive a treatment every time it’s recommended. But some parents are unaware that fluoride also helps keep adult teeth strong and healthy.
Simply put, fluoride treatments are not just for kids. Adults who are at a higher risk of developing cavities can also benefit from the regular application of professional-grade topical fluoride.
October is notorious for being the scariest month of the year. With ghosts, witches, and zombies making an appearance in the days leading up to Halloween, many people look forward to the one night of the year in which scaring others is not only acceptable – but encouraged! But just because October is a “scary” month does not mean anyone should be afraid of visiting the dentist.
If you are afraid of visiting the dentist because it evokes anxiety or panic, don’t worry! You are not alone. Dental anxiety is quite common.