Did you know that February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month? Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, affects more than half of Americans aged 30 or older. Fortunately, this health problem is almost completely preventable with proper oral hygiene habits. How does gum disease develop? Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. … Continue reading Our Dentists’ Tips for Preventing Gum Disease
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Though most parents try to take good care of their children’s health, according to the American Dental Association, over 50% of kids between the ages of 2 and 8 suffer from a preventable chronic disease: tooth decay. This February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we’re urging parents to rethink oral hygiene. Even though … Continue reading National Children’s Dental Health Month
While we all love indulging in an occasional sweet, January 14-18, Sugar Awareness Week, is an important time for people to reflect on the ways that our sugar consumption can affect oral health. The average American consumes 66 pounds of added sugar each year, contributing to a number of health concerns and dramatically increasing the … Continue reading Sugar and Your Teeth: Sugar Awareness Week
Do you ever find yourself waking up in the morning with a tight, sore jaw or headache or earache? Chances are you have bruxism. This common disorder causes you to clench or grind your teeth during the night or day and can lead to jaw problems and damaged teeth. Most people clench instead of grind their teeth. More than 80% of the population is affected by some sort of TMD (temporomandibular disorder).
The removal of your wisdom teeth, the third set of molars that emerges later in the teen years and early adulthood, is a preventative measure Dr. Susan Tikson recommends for the overall health of your mouth.
There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people the major reason is due to bacteria on the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduces bad breath by 70%. Some causes of bad breath: Food Poor oral hygiene habits Periodontal (gum) disease Tobacco products Medications Dry mouth … Continue reading What Causes Bad Breath or Halitosis?