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The Secret Behind Chronic Bad Breath

Even if you’re particularly proud of your smile’s appearance, the presence of chronic bad breath can be a significant source of embarrassment. Unlike morning breath or bad breath following a meal, chronic bad breath (also known as halitosis) won’t go away after brushing your teeth or rinsing with mouthwash. Halitosis can be a symptom of several different conditions, and may or may not be accompanied by other related symptoms. However, in many cases, the secret behind chronic bad breath is inadequate hygiene, and its presence can warn you to see your dentist before a dental health condition develops.   (more…)

What if My Cavity Is Too Large for a Filling?

Most people have experienced a cavity in at least one of their teeth, or will at some point in their lifetimes, and treating the cavity will depend on what stage it is in. As a progressive issue, the tooth decay that causes cavities grows worse the longer it is left untreated. Therefore, patients with more severe cavities need more involved restorative treatment to repair their teeth. While tooth fillings are typically highly successful at treating mild to moderate cavities, your dentist will have to suggest another option if your cavity is too large for a filling. (more…)

The Reason Invisalign® Is So Popular

Symmetry plays several important roles in your oral health. For instance, properly aligned teeth tend to be more cosmetically appealing than crooked teeth, and they also work better when biting and chewing. Because of this, crooked teeth can have a significant impact on more than just your smile’s appearance. Fortunately, you may be able to straighten crooked teeth with Invisalign® clear aligners. With a series of virtually invisible aligners instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign® has quickly become popular as a more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces. (more…)

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Tooth loss is a significant occurrence for many reasons. Besides the appearance of your smile after losing a tooth, the loss can also have dramatic effects on your bite’s balance, your jawbone’s integrity, and the long-term health of your smile. Fortunately, dental implants can help you address even the most profound consequences of tooth loss, including the reduction of stimulation in your jawbone due to the loss of your tooth’s root. As such, dental implants work to preserve your oral health as well as rebuild your smile. (more…)

A Few Tips to Relieve Jaw Pain

Your oral health encompasses much more than you may be aware of, like the joints and muscles that allow your mouth to work properly. These joints, called temporomandibular joints (TMJs), connect your jaw to skull and allow for your jaw’s diverse range of movement. Various circumstances can damage these joints and cause them to lose their proper alignment, resulting in severe discomfort that can manifest itself throughout your head, neck, and facial areas. To help you alleviate chronic TMJ discomfort, we offer a few tips for relieving jaw pain until you can seek appropriate treatment. (more…)

Do You Have Questions About Tooth Extraction?

The general goal of professional dentistry is to help you protect the health and integrity of your natural smile for life. That includes preserving your natural permanent teeth, which do not grow back if lost. However, in some cases, restorative dentistry may not be enough to save a tooth that is severely damaged, internally infected, or unable to perform its duties properly. To prevent the compromised tooth from causing increasingly more dental problems, your dentist may recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it with a lifelike prosthesis. (more…)

Why Your Dentist May Recommend Porcelain Veneers

Your smile’s appearance can be affected by a number of different issues, and to varying degrees of severity. For instance, you may have one or more teeth that are chipped or lightly cracked, in addition to experiencing teeth stains and/or spacing issues between several teeth. For many patients, the good news is that correcting multiple cosmetic smile issues is often simpler than expected, especially with the help of one or more porcelain veneers. If your dentist recommends veneers, then they may be the best solution for improving your smile while minimizing the amount of dental work you receive. (more…)

Oral-Systemic Connection: Heart Health

Most people are aware that their eating habits can greatly impact their physical wellbeing, including their heart. However, fewer people are aware that their systemic health can also be influenced by the state of their oral health. Numerous studies have delved into the oral-systemic connection in efforts to better understand your mouth’s importance to your physical health, and the results may surprise you. Today, we explore one of the many interesting facets of oral-systemic health—the relationship between your oral and heart health. (more…)

Are Dental Checkups Really That Important?

Even patients who don’t adhere to the rule likely know that you should visit your dentist at least once every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning appointment. Nevertheless, postponing a dental appointment (or skipping it altogether) can be tempting to many patients, especially if they diligently care for their teeth and gums at home and assume that professional care isn’t a necessity at the moment. Today, we explain why dental checkups are important to prevention, and if you wait until you notice trouble to attend yours, then you may already be too late prevent an issue. (more…)

Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?

A toothache is a common symptom, and it can indicate any one of a wide variety of dental health concerns. When the discomfort is severe, it often means that your tooth has become internally infected; meaning tooth decay has reached the center chamber (pulp) where your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels are located. Root canal treatment is designed to alleviate your intense toothache and restore your tooth’s health and integrity by removing the infection and fortifying your tooth structure. To find out if you need root canal treatment, your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination to determine the exact cause of your toothache. (more…)