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Risk Factors for Gum Disease

September is National Gum Care Month. Did you know that advanced periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults? Periodontal disease refers to any disease that affects the structures that hold the teeth in place, including gums, ligaments, and bones. In its earliest stage, called gingivitis, the gums become inflamed. When […]

Only a Dental Exam can Identify the Root Cause of Your Tooth Pain

A toothache means you have tooth decay, right? Not necessarily — your pain could be signaling a number of potential causes. Determining where, how much and how often it hurts will help us find out the cause and apply the appropriate treatment. A single symptom, for example, can mean many things. A twinge of tooth […]

Don’t let Periodontal Disease Cause Your Gums to Recede

Although your smile wouldn’t be the same without them, there’s more to your gums than their looks. Besides helping to hold your teeth in place, they’re also an important protective barrier for their roots. Unfortunately, gums aren’t immune to disease, especially periodontal (gum) disease. This bacterial infection, triggered by built-up dental plaque on teeth due […]

Encourage Your Child to Stop Thumb Sucking Around Age 3

One of the biggest concerns we hear from parents is about their child’s thumb sucking habit. Our advice: if they’re under age 4, there’s no need for concern — yet. If they’re older, though, you should be concerned about the possible effect on their bite. Thumb sucking is a universal habit among infants and toddlers […]

Factors Besides Oral Hygiene that Influence Your Risk for Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the world’s most prevalent diseases — and one of the most preventable. We’ve known the primary prevention recipe for decades: brushing and flossing daily, and dental cleanings and checkups at least twice a year. But consistent oral hygiene isn’t enough — you should also pay attention to your overall health, […]

3 Surprising Foods That Could Help You Fight Tooth Decay

You’ve no doubt heard about certain foods and beverages that increase your risk for dental disease. These foods, often high in added sugar or acid, can lead to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. But have you heard about foods with the opposite effect — actually protecting your teeth against disease? Many of these dental-friendly […]

Start Early with Your Baby’s Dental Care

You can’t go wrong with an early start caring for your child’s teeth and gums. In fact, dental care should begin in earnest when their first tooth appears. You should begin by gently cleaning your infant’s gums and new teeth after each feeding with a clean, water-soaked washcloth or gauze pad. Once they start eating […]

Teeth Grinding Could be Causing Your Teeth to be Loose

There are a lot of reasons (including a blow to the mouth) why one of your permanent teeth might become loose. The most common: advanced periodontal (gum) disease that has weakened the gum attachment to the tooth. There’s also another, less common reason: you have a grinding habit that’s producing higher than normal biting forces. […]

Encourage Your Child to Stop Thumb Sucking by Age 4

There’s something universal about thumb sucking: nearly all babies do it, and nearly all parents worry about it. While most such worries are unfounded, you should be concerned if your child sucks their thumb past age of 4 — late thumb sucking could skew bite development. Young children suck their thumb because of the way […]

Any Time, Any Place: Cam Newton’s Guide to Flossing

When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right? For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on […]