Losing your teeth may be one of many adverse health effects of smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products, oral health experts report. Smokers develop more tartar on their teeth than nonsmokers, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Review four ways smoking affects your oral health: 1. Creates plaque and tartar – Chemicals in tobacco … Read Full Article
Heart attacks affect men and women. And the truth is that heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women. Six stages to acceptance Chest pain is a common heart attack symptom that men and women experience. Often it’s described as pressure, squeezing, tightness or burning. According to a study published in the Canadian Journal of … Read Full Article
Your mouth holds many clues to your health. During exams, your dentist not only examines your teeth and gums, but looks for signs of potential health problems. Here’s a list of five issues that can be detected:
Is it really necessary to floss your teeth? That’s a question many people ask their dentist. Flossing will not prevent tooth decay, or cavities, but combined with daily brushing, flossing removes plaque and food particles from teeth, reducing the risk of cavities. But flossing also helps reduce the chance for developing gum disease. Understanding gum … Read Full Article
The condition of your mouth can affect the health of your body. If you take care of your teeth and gums, you can lower the risk of developing serious medical problems. 20 billion oral bacteria Your mouth contains 20 billion bacteria that reproduce every five hours. Many bacteria protect your teeth and gums, and … Read Full Article
The healthiness of your mouth could be an indicator of your overall wellness. The American Dental Association reminds us that infections in the mouth can lead to health problems elsewhere in the body. Seven warning signs Beware, these oral afflictions may signal potential health problems:
There are many reasons why your teeth may react painfully to hot and cold temperatures or to pressure, such as biting down on something hard.
Historically, many dentists have automatically extracted wisdom teeth as soon as they emerge. But now dental professionals believe that sometimes there is greater wisdom in allowing people to keep these third molars until oral problems occur.
People who consume a lot of sweetened fruit juices, sugar-filled sodas or snacks high in sugar may be at higher risk for tooth decay.
If left untreated, plaque can lead to the development of gum disease (also called periodontal disease), and may result in tooth and bone loss.