There is a lot about each and every one of us that can be attributed to our genetic makeup. Hair color, eye color, personality, and health are all heavily, if not entirely, influenced by the families we come from. It stands to reason then that the same goes for our oral health. The truth is that while taking care of your teeth and gums is the most important influence on dental health, some of us will be more predisposed to problems such as cavities and gum disease than others.
The holiday season with all of its candy, family dinners, and abundance of sweets can equal big trouble for pearly whites, and not just for children. We know plenty of adults who like to indulge, and let’s be honest, the holidays are a difficult time for anyone to resist. And while all that food certainly doesn’t help the waistline, it can be damaging to teeth and dental health as well.
Did you know over 47% of Americans over the age of 30 currently suffer from some form of gum disease? This equals to approximately 64.7 million Americans.
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis or periodontitis, is an inflammatory disease that affects the gum structure in the mouth. Gingivitis is the earliest stage where the gums become swollen, red and inflamed – the body’s natural response to harmful bacteria. Periodontitis, the more serious stage of disease, can cause the gums to recede from the teeth, loss of supportive gum tissues and even loss of teeth.
Your body goes through an incredible amount of change during pregnancy, more than you probably realize. In addition to creating a new life, you may notice thicker hair, skin changes, and even an increase in shoe size. There seems to be no part of the body that cannot be potentially impacted by pregnancy, including teeth and gums.
Tooth loss is unsightly. Patients who have missing teeth often feel self-conscious about their appearance and may even shy away from social settings out of embarrassment. However, there are far greater concerns caused by tooth loss, ones that should be quickly addressed by a dentist in order to maintain health and prevent future problems.
There are few things that take away from one’s appearance as drastically as bad teeth. Missing, crooked, or discolored chompers make a person appear less attractive, less approachable, and even less intelligent. There are a lot of things that people garner from another’s smile. It’s the very basis of a first impression. If there is one opportunity of which the value cannot be overstated, it is the ability to flash a dazzling smile upon first sight or introduction. The good news is that teeth are also easily transformed, and the results are reliable. It doesn’t take injections, creams, or even surgery to positively impact one’s appearance or reduce the signs of aging. These five steps can improve anyone’s smile, making them more attractive and confident in the process.
Whether they realize it or not, most patients are guilty of holding back with their doctor. Maybe you didn’t tell them about the vitamins you’re taking, or perhaps you weren’t completely honest about how often you floss. These omissions may seem harmless to you, but in order to treat you properly, it’s important that your physician has the complete picture. For instance, when visiting your dentist, these are some of the points that may slip your mind but are important to bring up:
A new study has revealed the truth: A lot of adults say they floss, but as many as 27 percent of those are being dishonest. The reasons are unclear. Likely, most adults know that they should be flossing and don’t want to admit that their oral health habits are falling short. However, most probably don’t realize the true impact of bypassing floss. Flossing helps to safeguard against gum disease, thereby protecting us from a range of other conditions as well.
You’ve got the beach vacation marked on the calendar. You’re sporting a tan, and swimsuits and sandals are the current weekend wear of choice. It’s finally summer! Of course, there are a few precautions that we must all take to protect ourselves against the heat and beaming sun, and while all that Vitamin D can actually be good for your teeth, some defenses are still necessary.
We all have our vices. Perhaps you bite your nails, smoke, or have a particular fondness for sugar. Some of these habits we recognize for their negative impact on our lungs, heart, or physical appearance. However, these vices and many others also have the potential to negatively impact oral health. If you were to ask your dentist, he’d likely dissuade engaging in the following particular vices: