Tooth Decay

How Your Teeth Decay In order for bacteria to multiply and live, it must have food! Eating sugary foods, or even starches like rice, feed the bacteria. Acids will produce and may dissolve your tooth enamel (outer layer of the tooth). Types of Decay Children can get a type of decay we call early childhood caries, or baby bottle tooth …

Baby’s Teething Timeline

There are 20 primary baby teeth that are already present in a child’s jaw at birth. They usually start erupting between six months to one year! You can expect to see your child’s full set of teeth by age three. Feel free to refer to this baby teeth chart as well. Just remember that every child is different, so no …

Gum Disease

Definition Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line. It can progress to affect the surrounding teeth and bone. There are three stages of gum disease. From least to most severe: gingivitis, periodonitis, and advanced periondonitis. Signs & Symptoms Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to be aware of any of the following symptoms: Swollen, red, …

Brushing Teeth for Kids

It’s never too early to start focusing on the importance of brushing teeth for kids. While some parents don’t make it a priority at an early age because kids’ teeth aren’t permanent, the earlier you can focus on brushing teeth for kids, the sooner it will become a long-term habit.  Focus on brushing teeth for kids at an early age …

Pre-Wisdom Teeth Surgery Tips

While wisdom teeth surgery may sound overwhelming, having all the information you can gather beforehand will ensure you are well-prepared. Be sure to review your post-surgical instructions with your surgeon before the surgery, since you are likely to be groggy after the procedure. Pre-Surgery Tips Prevent Wisdom Teeth Pain: If you are scared of the pain you may experience during …

Causes of Bleeding Gums

The Most Common Cause Bleeding gums are most often caused by the millions of bacteria in plaque. It is commonly found at or around the gum line. If not taken care of, it can quickly lead to gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. It may require treatment and improved oral hygiene to help eliminate it. If left …

Teens and Their Oral Health

Teenagers are often busy with school, jobs, sports and social activities that they don’t find the time to brush or floss. They also tend to eat a lot of junk food and sugary drinks. Combine the two and you’ve got a situation prone to tooth decay! Approximately 80% of adolescents have had at least one cavity by age 19. Here …

Treatments for Nerve Pain

There are a few different dental procedures that can help you get out of pain. This depends on the cause of discomfort and the health status of your tooth. Fillings, root canals, and sometimes an extraction are a few of the most common treatments. Fillings: If your pain is caused by a small cavity, a filling would be the most …

Extractions

What is it and what is it used for? A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth is damaged or broken your dentist will try to save the tooth with a crown, filling, or other treatment. However, if there is too much damage to the tooth it may not be …