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How a Gum Graft Could Protect the Root of Your Tooth

Posted on 10/30/2019 by Doctor Schwei
You may have been looking in the mirror a little closer and noticed that Your gums look like they were a little lower or your teeth had grown a little further. Either way, something didn't look right. As you look further towards the other teeth towards the back, they were close to exposing the root of the tooth. A recent CDC report released data related to the prevalence of periodontitis in the U.S. It showed that 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease increases with age. 70.1% of adults 65 years and older have periodontal disease. Types of Skin Grafts Connective-tissue grafts. They are the most commonly practiced to protect a root to treat more than one area where the gums have regressed. The tissue is surgically removed as a...

Gum Disease and Heart Trouble Are Connected

Posted on 10/15/2019 by Doctor Schwei
For decades, scientists have examined the relationship between gum disease and cardiovascular health. Does a healthy mouth equal a healthy heart? More and more, the investigation says “yes.” Doctors have been talking about the potential link for nearly two decades and with good reason. Researchers have noticed that people with periodontal disease are approximately twice as likely to have heart disease. Role of Bacteria and Inflammation Scientists believe the link between the two diseases is due to the same bacteria. In this scenario, bacteria found in the infected gum tissue around teeth break down the boundary between the gums and the underlying connective tissue, leading to inflammation. During normal chewing or brushing, bacteria can get into the bloodstream and...

Stress Makes a Huge Impact on Your Teeth When Not Managed

Posted on 9/30/2019 by Doctor Schwei
A little bit of stress in your life can be a good thing, as it gives you something to work toward. However, when stress becomes overwhelming and unmanageable, your health might be affected, including your oral health. Find out more about how unhealthy stress levels might affect your mouth. Stress and Bruxism When left unmanaged, stress can lead you to clench and grind your teeth, especially when you sleep at night. You may grind your teeth without even realizing it, and this can lead to several oral health problems. You could wear down the enamel of your teeth and cause them to chip, crack, or break. Tooth sensitivity and TMJ issues are also concerns, but a night guard can help to protect your mouth. Stress and Mouth Sores Canker sores and cold sores aren't well understood,...

Snoring is a Symptom of Problems You Need to Discuss with Us

Posted on 9/15/2019 by Doctor Schwei
For many years, comedians have used snoring to get laughs from the audience. While snoring and the effect it has on people is something to laugh at, it is not something to ignore. Snoring is a sign that something is not working the way it should in the body. Because it is a warning sign that something is wrong, snoring is something you need to find out more about. A visit to our office may help you understand why you snore and can help you find a solution to the snoring. Snoring and Sleep Apnea Most people will snore at one time or another. Snoring results when your airway is blocked in some way. Congestion from an illness or allergies could cause a temporary blockage of the airway. These types of issues are usually resolved when the underlying condition is taken care of....

Symptoms You Need to Floss Better

Posted on 8/30/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Do you think that you do an adequate job of flossing, but aren't quite sure? Alternatively, do you rarely floss, but feel like no one can tell? Regardless of which scenario sounds like you, there are certain symptoms that may indicate you need to do a better job of flossing. Red, Bleeding Gums If you floss your teeth and your gums bleed, you should take this as an indication you need to improve your flossing habits. Some people are put off by the sight of blood and think they are bleeding too hard, but this actually means that bacteria has built up under the gums. Bleeding gums mean that you need to floss more in order to remove these harmful substances from the gums. Tooth Sensitivity As gingivitis – the earliest form of gum disease – progresses, you may...

Signs You Need to Get More Fluoride in Your Life

Posted on 8/15/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Fluoride is derived from fluorine, which is found in the Earth's crust and in parts of rocks and soil. It's important for your teeth because it helps prevent decay. When you don't have enough fluoride, you could have issues. Fortunately, there are some signs that will let you know when your body is deficient. How You'll Know When You Need More Fluoride One of the biggest ways of knowing that you're deficient in fluoride is that your teeth will start to decay. This happens when the bacteria that's found in plaque starts to collect on the surface of your teeth. Once it's there it'll start using the sugar and carbohydrates that you eat to help it produce acid. In turn, these acids will start to wear away at your tooth enamel. Fluoride can protect your...

3 Most Important Ingredients in Mouthwash to Look For

Posted on 7/20/2019 by Doctor Schwei
There are many things in commercial mouthwash that are simply unnecessary. These include things like mint flavoring. The opposite is also true in that there are some very important ingredients that you'll want to make sure your mouthwash contains. What to Look for in Your Mouthwash When you're shopping for mouthwash you want to make sure that it first of all, contains an active ingredient to fight bacteria. This should be either cetylpyridinium chloride, zinc gluconate, or quaternary ammonium. Sometimes essential oils may be used, including thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate, or menthol. Once you're sure that your mouthwash can fight off any bacteria that's found in your mouth, you'll want to make sure that it also contains some fluoride. This is important...

Are There Any Times Where Using Our Whitening Trays at Home Is the Better Option?

Posted on 7/10/2019 by Doctor Schwei
We will begin this conversation by noting that professional whitening systems are more powerful, carry fewer potential problems, and give better and longer-lasting results than do the over-the-counter whitening systems you can purchase. A professional whitening system has trays that are manufactured specifically for your teeth. This means they have a better and tighter fit on all of your teeth and the whitening agent stays on your teeth, where it belongs. Over-the-counter products sometimes work well enough, but not a well as a professional whitening product. They also don't last as long. Both whitening systems need regular maintenance to keep your teeth looking their best. Let's face it, nothing lasts forever and either product is only as good as what you put into it...

Reasons to Make Sure You Brush for the Full Two Minutes

Posted on 6/20/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Two minutes sounds like a really short time. In fact, when you are brushing your teeth, it seems like you could have watched an entire episode of your favorite show in the time it takes you to brush your teeth. While some people believe that two minutes isn't long enough to get your teeth squeaky clean, other people think two minutes might as well be to the end of time. Whether you want to come out and admit you don't brush enough, or you brush too long, research says you only need to brush two minutes each time you brush. Maybe you're still not sure you have to brush the whole two minutes. If you're one of those people who aren't sure you should have to brush for the whole two minutes, have a look below at some of the reasons brushing for two minutes is...

How Tartar Forms on Your Teeth

Posted on 6/10/2019 by Doctor Schwei
Tartar is a hard substance that accumulates on the teeth, and it isn't something that you can remove on your own. We use specialized tools and equipment in order to rid your teeth of tartar, but there are steps you can take to prevent it at home. By understanding how tartar forms, you can stop the process before it starts. Tartar Buildup Begins with Plaque Before tartar forms, plaque is the culprit that affects your teeth. Dental plaque is a soft, sticky film that accumulates on the oral surfaces. It forms regularly due to a combination of food, fluids, and saliva that produce bacteria deposits. These deposits collect along the gumline and between the teeth, and if plaque isn't removed with regular flossing and brushing, tartar buildup may occur. Failure to remove plaque...

All Posts:
How a Gum Graft Could Protect the Root of Your Tooth
Gum Disease and Heart Trouble Are Connected
Stress Makes a Huge Impact on Your Teeth When Not Managed
Snoring is a Symptom of Problems You Need to Discuss with Us
Symptoms You Need to Floss Better
Signs You Need to Get More Fluoride in Your Life
3 Most Important Ingredients in Mouthwash to Look For
Are There Any Times Where Using Our Whitening Trays at Home Is the Better Option?
Reasons to Make Sure You Brush for the Full Two Minutes
How Tartar Forms on Your Teeth
How Eating Disorders Damage Your Teeth
Some Foods Can Lead to Toothaches
Benefits of Seaweed If You Eat It
What Happens as Acidic Erosion Takes Over Your Teeth?
Overbleaching Your Teeth Can Leave Them Permanently Dingy
Overcome Dental Anxiety with the Help of Sedation
The Foods You Eat Impact the Health of Your Teeth
How Long After Eating Does It Become Safe to Brush?
How Common Are Cavities in Adults?
Do Some People Get More Cavities Than Others?
Your Teeth Need the Same Type of Priority as Your Overall Health
Your Teeth Can Show Signs of Digestive Issues
How Aspirin Can Cause Tooth Damage
How Common Are Cavities in Adults?
Where to Begin When Setting Dental Goals
Which Is Better: Home-Made Toothpaste Or Manufactured Toothpaste?
How Long has Dentistry Been Practiced?
How Long Should an Adult Brush Their Teeth?
When Smiling for Pictures, Make Sure Your Smile Looks Its Best
When Would You Need a Dental Inlay?
Dark Chocolate Can Improve Oral Health - Really!
Ingredients in Toothpaste You Want to Make Sure You Have
Struggles That Come with Lost Teeth
Putting Your Oral Hygiene Routine on Your Schedule
Common Dental Crown Myths
Come See Us If Your Teeth Move in Your Sleep
Why Tomatoes are so Dangerous for Your Teeth
Why Your Teeth may be Turning Brown
Can Stress Cause Gum Inflammation?
Brushing Does Not Have to Feel Like a Chore
What Can Happen if You Skip Dental Appointments Regularly
What Benefits Do Teeth and Gums Get from Oil Pulling?
Why Putting Off Dental Work is Much Costlier
Why Panoramic X-rays Are So Much Better at Diagnosing Oral Health Issues
How to Make Sure You Brush For a Full Two Minutes
How Reducing Stress Can Decrease Your Bruxism Problems
How Your Developing Baby Benefits From You Seeing a Dentist While Pregnant
How You Can Tell If You're Brushing Long Enough
Oral Health Problems You Should Never Ignore
Nuts Can Improve Your Dental Health - Here's How
Is a Fluoride Treatment Safe During Pregnancy?
Implants are One of the Best Ways to Maintain Your Quality of Life as You Age
Why You Shouldn't Brush As Soon As Your Meal is Done
What to Avoid When You Have Dental Veneers
Problems a Cavity Can Cause Outside the Mouth
Oral Health Benefits of Tea
When You Clench Your Teeth, They Become More Prone to Fracture
When Pain in Your Jaw Disrupts Your Life, What Options Do You Have?
Reasons Why You Might Need a Night Guard
Ready Your Teeth for a Winter Wedding
How Oral Health and Allergies are Connected
How Long Should Your Tooth Whitening Last?
How to Get an Inviting Smile Before an Interview
How to Brush Your Teeth When Pregnant to Keep Your Gums from Bleeding More
Foods that Boost the Health of Your Gums
Flossing Wrong is Just as Dangerous as Not Flossing
Why You Need to Drink Tap Water to Avoid Cavities
Why You Need to Discuss Flossing with Your Dentist
Do You Eat Enough Celery?
Do Composite Fillings Easily Stain?
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