Is Sleep Apnea Interrupting Your Sleep?

Getting enough sleep is important for several reasons. You need sleep to stay energized and focused throughout the day, and your mind and body need the rest to rejuvenate your organs, tissues, and cells. But some influences, like sleep apnea, can deprive you of rest, even when you aren’t aware of it. Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing in your sleep, forcing your body to wake up and breathe again. Even if you don’t realize that it’s happening, sleep apnea can continue interrupting your sleep, making it impossible to settle into the deep, R.E.M. stages of sleep that you need. (more…)

The Common Causes of Adult Tooth Loss

It happens so often as people get older that you might not even question it. But there are specific reasons for every case of adult tooth loss, and age is never one of them. In fact, the most common cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease—a condition that often results from inadequate hygiene and dental care. In other words, for most people, tooth loss is highly preventable. All it takes is a healthy understanding of what causes tooth loss and how to avoid those situations whenever possible. (more…)

Tips to Avoid Cavity Treatment

If you have a cavity already, then you should not try to avoid treatment. Otherwise, the cavity will only grow worse and make more extensive treatment necessary. However, if your tooth has yet to develop a cavity, then you have a good chance of avoiding it, and therefore avoiding the need for treatment to restore your tooth. The most important tip to avoid cavity treatment is to be consistent with good hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, which is easier than many people realize. (more…)

Common Questions About Gum Contouring

There are several options for improving your smile, and many of them focus on building up or restoring the appearance of your teeth. However, your smile’s appearance may be affected by more than just your teeth; for instance, excessive or uneven gum tissues can make your smile seem crooked even if your teeth are straight. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry includes ways to improve all aspects of your smile’s appearance, including contouring to improve your gum line. If you have questions about gum contouring and whether or not it’s right for you, then ask your dentist about it the next time you visit! (more…)

Lessons About Teeth-Grinding

Even when you’re diligent about keeping your teeth clean and healthy, you might not always consider every threat to your smile. For instance, patients with bruxism may not realize that their teeth are a danger to themselves, and that without treatment, they may experience a number of increasingly worse dental health issues. Bruxism is the clinical name for persistent teeth-grinding, and because it happens most often at night, you might not realize that you have it. Therefore, the most important lesson about teeth-grinding is to recognize its symptoms, dangers, and possible treatments so you can be better prepared to save your smile. (more…)

Answering Your Questions About Dental Implants

answering-your-questions-about-dental-implantsDespite modern dentistry’s best efforts, tooth loss still remains a significant concern for millions of people. The prospect of losing one or more teeth can seem less stressful if you know what to do afterward to rebuild your smile. However, many patients don’t know their options, or the fact that dental implants may be their best one. Today, we answer some of your more common questions about dental implants and how they do more than any other dental prosthetic for the long-term health and integrity of your smile. (more…)

What Everyone Should Know About Root Canals

what-everyone-should-know-about-root-canalsFor most people, visiting the dentist isn’t much of an ordeal, but when told that they need root canal treatment, many patients will still hesitate or wonder if there is a better alternative. The good news is that root canal therapy’s bad rap is undeserved. The procedure is typically quick and minimally invasive, and in addition to restoring your tooth, it also alleviates the intense discomfort caused by the infection in your tooth. The most important thing everyone should know about root canals, however, is that the treatment may be your best option for saving your tooth before extraction becomes necessary. (more…)

Is Teeth Whitening a Good Idea?

is-teeth-whitening-a-good-ideaIt may be the most frequently prescribed dental treatment, but not everybody has undergone professional teeth whitening. For those who have, the amazing results that teeth whitening can produce in little time can have life-changing benefits. If you haven’t experienced those benefits yet, then you may wonder whether or not professional teeth whitening is a good idea. If your teeth are stained or have lost their luster, then ask your dentist how teeth whitening can bring back their youthful appearance! (more…)

3 Tips to Prevent Bad Breath

why-is-my-breath-badIf you’ve ever been embarrassed by bad breath, then you probably resolved then and there to never be embarrassed by it again. For some people, that’s easy, but for others, keeping their breath consistently fresh might prove a bit more challenging. With the exception of more serious dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, most cases of bad breath are caused by things like inadequate hygiene or mild dehydration. These tips can help you prevent bad breath from causing you embarrassment, though if your bad breath persists, then you should schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible. (more…)

Common Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings

common-questions-about-tooth-colored-fillingsThe thing about cavities is that nearly everyone will experience at least one of them in their permanent teeth. But today, treating a cavity is typically simple, involving little more than cleaning and filling the cavity to restore and protect the tooth. With tooth-colored fillings, the result is not only a stronger and healthier tooth, but also one that retains its natural, healthy appearance. The thing about tooth-colored fillings is that they not only blend in discreetly with your natural teeth, but can also do a better job of treating and preserving a tooth that’s been stricken with a cavity. (more…)