Did you know that the foods you consume and how often you eat them may affect your dental health?
The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that 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. When sugary food particles are left in the mouth, they can connect with plaque bacteria, forming acids that attack teeth and gums. If the sugars are not balanced with nutritious foods, the body may not be able to fight off the bacteria and infection. And gum disease (also called periodontal disease) may develop, attacking tooth structures and creating decay that could lead to tooth loss.
The ADA offers the following guidelines for a healthy, nutritious diet: View full article »
As you swish your tongue over your teeth, do you feel a sticky or gritty substance? If so, you may have plaque, which is full of bacteria. If left untreated, plaque can lead to the development of gum disease (also called periodontal disease), and may result in tooth and bone loss. For years, dentists have treated gum disease by scaling and root surface debridement, but now many dental professionals are employing laser gum surgery to reverse damage. View full article »
Did you know that an abscessed tooth left untreated can lead to other medical problems?
Many Americans put off visiting the dentist until they experience significant oral pain. Dental problems develop when people do not brush and floss their teeth daily or schedule regular appointments for dental checkups and cleanings. Bacterial plaque in the mouth adheres to the teeth and over time create cavities. If left untreated, an abscess can form. View full article »
Americans spend more than $70 billion annually on dental care, with a significant portion of these dollars directed toward treating tooth decay (cavities). If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to serious oral health problems. But recent developments of new oral rinse products may help eliminate tooth decay. View full article »
Dental plaque is a sticky, gritty film that adheres to your teeth. It’s important to keep plaque under control to avoid developing inflamed, bleeding gums and tooth decay. Dental professionals recommend several ways to control plaque:
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