Do Your Teeth Bleed When You Brush? What You Need to Know.
People sometimes believe that bleeding when brushing is normal. They say that their gums always bleed and so do their other family member's. Are bleeding gums normal? The short answer is "No". Healthy gums do not bleed when brushing or flossing. In fact, bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum and bone (periodontal) disease. If you watch TV, you have heard of gingivitis. A multimillion dollar industry surrounds various types of products that are purported to eliminate gingivitis. The problem is, most of the products don't really work.
Dental X-rays. What You Need to Know.
Dental x-rays are an important tool a dentist uses to determine what is going on in your mouth. Without these pictures, a dentist is limited to just what he can see on the tops of your teeth. It is impossible to see between the teeth or under the gums and bone without dental radiographs. It would be like taking your car to your mechanic and asking him to figure out what is wrong with the engine without opening the hood!
Professional Dental Cleaning. What You Need to Know.
One of the most valuable services you can receive from your dentist's office is a professional dental cleaning. In the past, you may have thought of this service as "just a cleaning" or simply "polishing teeth". You are not alone. In fact, many patients believe that coming in for regular cleanings is not very important. After all, nothing is hurting, no "fillings" or crowns are being prepared or placed, and you brush your teeth every day. Right? The truth is, a professional dental cleaning is an important service your dentist and dental hygienist provide to help you prevent the emergence or growth of dental disease.
A Professional Cleaning Prevents Disease. What You Need to Know.
We know that controlling bacteria and inflammation in the mouth is an important aspect of both a person's oral health and general health. Here at our office, we can help by offering professional dental cleanings on a regular schedule. A professional cleaning may help prevent disease in several ways: 1. A professional dental cleaning removes plaque from the teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky substance that forms on teeth, regardless of what types of foods are eaten. It is mainly composed of bacteria and bacterial by-products. Removing plaque reduces bacteria.
Dental Insurance. What You Need to Know.
Dental insurance isn't really insurance (a payment to cover the cost of a loss) at all. It is actually a money benefit, typically provided by an employer, to help their employees pay for routine dental treatment. The employer buys the plan based on the amount of the benefit and how much the premium costs per month. Most plans are only designed to cover a portion of the total cost, even if they say that they will cover some procedures completely. The complete coverage they refer to is really just what the carrier allows as payment toward a procedure, not what any dentist may actually charge.
Chronic Illness is Related to Mouth Germs! What You Need to Know.
The dental profession has known for decades that the condition of a person's mouth is directly related to their overall, general health and well being. Now it appears that the medical community at large is recognizing and even encouraging more research into this connection. It turns out that inflammation and bacterial infections in the mouth are linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even pregnancy issues! Taking care of your teeth and gums is not just about having an attractive smile, it can be essential in staying healthy.
My Tongue Looks Funny! What You Need to Know.
Some people have patterns on their tongues. They have smooth, shiny patches intermixed with bumpy red sections. Even more surprising, these patches can move! Sometimes they are in one part of the tongue, other times in another part. The technical term for this condition is Benign Migratory Glossitis. The common term is Geographic Tongue. It is not related to any type of infection or cancer. The condition is usually painless, but can cause some discomfort or increased sensitivity to certain substances or foods..
Crowns and Onlays. What You Need to Know.
A crown is an artificial replacement for that part of the tooth that is above the gum line. It typically covers the entire tooth, replacing most of the enamel. A crown replaces damaged parts of a tooth that may not be restored with a "filling" due to extensive decay, cracked enamel, broken cusps, or defective filling………..Many patients are concerned about possible insurance coverage for crowns and onlays. While insurance may help, most will not cover all costs for crowns and may stipulate an "alternate benefit" of a silver filling instead of an onlay……….It is our responsibility to prescribe what is best for you. The insurance carrier's responsibility is to control payments.