Why Is Sleep Apnea a Problem for Your Wellbeing?

Patients who exhibit symptoms of sleep apnea often feel the effects most during the day. Because the disorder occurs while they sleep at night, they’re often unaware of the condition. Yet, its impacts on overall quality of sleep and systemic health can become more troublesome nonetheless. If you exhibit signs of sleep apnea, then speak to your dentist about diagnosing and treating your condition with a custom-designed sleep appliance. With the help of the sleep guard, you can alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea and its potential influence on the rest of your health. (more…)

When Is Tooth Extraction Unavoidable?

By sticking to a good hygiene routine every day, which means brushing at least twice and flossing at least once, you have a good chance at preventing most dental issues. Those chances increase when you also stick to a regular schedule of dental checkup and cleaning appointments. Together, this preventive routine can help you keep your smile healthy for life and preserve your natural teeth. However, there are some instances in which extracting a tooth is the only way to maintain your good oral health, and today, we take a look at two of the most common reasons why. (more…)

Think You Know Gum Disease?

Gum disease is one of the most recognizable chronic dental conditions. It’s even the star of a wide variety of marketing campaigns for dental hygiene products. Yet, despite its popularity, there are many things about gum disease that you might not realize, like what it could mean for your long-term oral health or how it can impact your systemic wellbeing. Today, we take a closer look at gum disease and how it could have more of an impact on your life than you may have originally realized. (more…)

A Quick Guide to Emergency Dental Treatment

When a dental emergency strikes, saving your tooth is all about timing. While specific emergencies differ from patient to patient, most involve sudden, severe discomfort and/or damage to your tooth structure. Regardless of the nature of your emergency, addressing it as soon as possible is the best way to prevent it from becoming more severe. Today, we take a quick look at what emergency dental treatment often means, and how it could save your smile when it needs it most. (more…)

Your Crooked Teeth May Be Worse than You Know

If you can see that your teeth are crooked without your dentist having to tell you, then you might automatically assume that the most concerning thing about them is your smile’s appearance. While this is a significant concern, the more serious consequences of crooked teeth (or malocclusion) are the impacts they can have on your overall oral health. Because of these consequences, straightening crooked teeth is more important than just improving your smile’s appearance. It’s also necessary for preventing more serious, compounding oral health complications down the road. (more…)

What Do You Know About Tooth Loss?

If you lose a tooth, you won’t instinctively know what to do about it. That’s largely because tooth loss isn’t a natural, inevitable thing. In fact, many cases of tooth loss could be prevented with better hygiene and preventive dentistry practices. The problem is that many people don’t know enough about tooth loss to understand how to effectively prevent it, or how to prevent the issues that often cause it. Today, we help you improve your chances of avoiding tooth loss by explaining a few things you should know about one of the biggest threats to your oral health. (more…)

3 Ways to Prevent (Almost) Any Dental Health Issue

Prevention is the goal of every dental treatment, not just preventive care. For instance, if you have a damaged or infected tooth, then restoring it as soon as possible is necessary to prevent your tooth from suffering more damage. Nevertheless, preventive dental care is the backbone of a lifetime of good dental health. Along with a consistently good hygiene routine at home, preventive dentistry can help you avoid nearly any dental health issue that your smile might face, or deal with inevitable issues early to prevent more extensive concerns. (more…)

What Does Teeth-Grinding Have to Do with Jaw Pain?

When you have bruxism, you may not always realize just how often you grind your teeth. Therefore, you might not immediately recognize the connection between your teeth-grinding habit and the chronic pain in your jaw known as TMJ disorder. However, for many patients, bruxism and TMJ disorder are closely related. The incessant grinding can damage your jaw joints, leading to TMJ disorder, and the discomfort from the jaw dysfunction can exacerbate symptoms of bruxism. If your teeth-grinding is related to your jaw pain, then your dentist may be able to help you find an appropriate solution for both. (more…)

Your Smile Makeover May Be Just One Treatment Away

A smile makeover often describes a series of procedures that are tailored to address your smile’s cosmetic concerns in the most conservative and effective way possible. The treatments involved in the plan depend on your specific dental needs and preferences. Therefore, if you have several concerns with your smile’s appearance, then you might automatically believe that your makeover must be a complicated one. However, you may be surprised to learn that your smile makeover could be a single treatment away, especially if all of your smile’s concerns can be addressed with one or more porcelain veneers. (more…)

2 Reasons Orthodontic Treatment Matters

Crooked teeth are among the most common cosmetic concerns that patients express about their smiles, which is one reason why orthodontic treatment matters. A straighter and more attractive smile is one that you’ll be more likely to show off proudly. However, straightening crooked teeth matters for more than just your appearance and confidence. The alignment of your teeth plays an important role in many different aspects of your oral health. Today, we look at two of those aspects, and why orthodontic treatment matters to helping you avoid them. (more…)