Spring has sprung and it’s a great time of year to freshen up your dental hygiene habits. Buy a new toothbrush or try out a whitening toothpaste to add that extra sparkle to your smile. But it’s not just your teeth that need attention, your gums need some TLC, too. According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, almost 75% of adults in the US have gum disease, but may not know it. Do you know what gum disease signs to look out for?
When it comes to your teeth and gums, there are quite a few myths out there that can hurt rather than help your dental care. At Country Club Dental, we want our patients to be aware of bad advice, and we’ll provide you with the truth. Here are some misconceptions we hear from patients:
If you wear traditional dentures and would like a more secure and convenient solution for your missing teeth, we recommend you consider implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, as an effective solution. At Country Club Dental, we provide overdentures for patients who are missing all their teeth, but have enough jawbone to support implants. Regular dentures simply rest on the gum, which means they require adhesives to stay in place. With overdentures, the dentures are secured into place by implants creating a strong and stable fit.
No matter how well teeth are cared for, some people have genetic predispositions that put them at increased risk for some oral health problems. That doesn’t mean you should give up on brushing and flossing if tooth decay or gum disease runs in your family. Knowing that other family members have these dental problems will help you and your dentist be on alert for warning signs.
We hope you are enjoying the holidays with family and friends.This is also a time of year to think about what we are grateful for, and good health is at the top of the list. Unfortunately, we can often take it for granted, which causes minor issues to lead to major health problems. One such issue that we see get out of hand in some patients is something you wouldn’t expect. Would you like to learn more so you can prevent it?
It’s unfortunate if you lose a tooth due to an injury or decay, but you don’t have to live your life hiding the gap in your smile. In fact, there are a variety of dental treatments that can get you back to a healthy and beautiful smile.
Dental implants are a common solution for missing teeth or teeth that are damaged beyond repair. They are a permanent long lasting solution for both, offering the strongest support for replacement teeth. What’s more, they feel and look just like natural teeth.
What do heart disease, pregnancy complications, diabetes, and pneumonia have in common? They are all linked to oral health issues. While most people think that problems with your teeth and gums stay in your mouth, that simply isn’t the case.
Your oral health can give you clues about your overall health. The connection between both is bacteria. Without good oral hygiene, bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Since your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory tracts, leaving bacteria in your mouth untreated can lead to major health issues. Also, certain diseases can exacerbate oral health problems.
If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged or is seriously infected, you may be worried that the tooth will be lost. This doesn’t have to be your outcome, however. Many times, teeth in distress can be saved! This treatment has allowed millions of people to avoid an extraction and instead, restore their teeth. We are talking about root canal therapy.
Today’s methods and technology have made the root canal procedure commonplace. How does root canal therapy relieve your pain and save your smile?
When there is more damage to a tooth from extensive decay or trauma than a filling can fix, a treatment option that may be recommended is a dental crown. Crowns can be made of different materials, including metal alloys, ceramics, and porcelain. So, when are crowns the best option and how do they do their job?
Periodontal disease is an infection of the areas in the mouth that support the teeth. This includes the gums, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone.
Commonly referred to as gum disease, gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, and it primarily affects just the gums. The bad news is that if it is ignored, this early stage of gum disease can rapidly progress into the far more serious advanced stage, known as periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause irreparable damage, and, in the worst cases, lead to bone and tooth loss.