By the time we are in our mid 40s, 69% of us have lost at least one permanent tooth. Over one-fourth of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have no teeth left at all! With over 500,000 procedures performed each year, the dental implant has become the standard of care to replace missing teeth. At Star Dental, we believe nothing can beat the look and function of dental implants. Could an implant be right for you?
At one time or another, most of us have had food or drink at certain temperatures cause some tooth discomfort. Sometimes brushing or flossing is painful. If this happens to you, you may have sensitive teeth. While usually temporary, sensitive teeth may be an early sign of more serious underlying dental problems. Who gets sensitive teeth? Can it be avoided? Is there anything that can be done if you have sensitive teeth?
Did you know that, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association, about 42% of U.S. adults over the age of 30 have gum disease? Sadly, one of the most common causes of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this early stage, you may notice red, swollen, or bloody gums. Gingivitis is easily treated and reversed. However, if it is left untreated, it progresses to a more serious form, called periodontitis, which can result in tooth loss, or worse. If you learn the symptoms and get treatment early, you can prevent serious problems later.
Summer is fast approaching, and, if you are like me, it’s the time when you travel or take vacations. Even if you have recently received a perfect checkup from us, unforeseen dental problems can occur. Unfortunately, these problems can completely disrupt your carefully organized plans. I can’t be there with you, but I want to share a few tips to help you deal with unforeseen dental emergencies while you are on the road.
Just the words “root canal” fill many with dread. Today, however, the advances in treatment and technology have patients reporting that this procedure is relatively comfortable and painless, not much more uncomfortable than a routine filling. Any apprehension you may have should be tempered with the realization that a root canal is literally a tooth-saving procedure.
Does the oral health of your ancestors have any bearing on how strong or crooked your teeth are, your potential to develop gum disease, or even how easy it is for you to get cavities? While most dental problems are usually a result of choices you’ve made and habits you’ve acquired, the answer is yes, some traits can be passed down from generation to generation.
Many people have occasional dry mouth (xerostomia) because of dehydration or medication they take. Most times, it’s a temporary problem. But chronic dry mouth may indicate a serious medical issue and can cause a variety of oral health problems. Dry mouth happens when salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva. The team at Star Dental wants you to know about dry mouth and how it affects oral health.
When someone has orthodontic problems, it affects more than the way their smile looks. Crooked or crowded teeth are harder to clean, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. An incorrect bite can cause problems such as difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and grinding or clenching of the teeth. Also, the appearance of the teeth can affect self-confidence and cause embarrassment. Click here to learn more.
Does this sound familiar? You have a toothache and avoid going to the dentist at all costs. So you try different ways to ease the pain, but nothing is working. Reluctantly, you pick up the phone to schedule an appointment. Now, you’re having second thoughts. You try to think of reasons to cancel the appointment. Then you realize you can’t put it off any longer.