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.
Are you flossing daily? Flossing your teeth daily is a vital part of a proper oral healthcare routine. Some people occasionally forget to floss, and others place it low on their priority list. They don’t know how important flossing is for oral health and overall health.
Does the appearance of your teeth make you feel embarrassed? Some people have teeth with discolorations or cosmetic imperfections, making them feel less than confident about their smile. If this is you, do you want a simple, conservative option to transform the appearance of your teeth? Did you know there’s a method originating in the old Hollywood movie industry easily transforming smiles today?
Do you feel insecure about the way your teeth look? You want to smile freely and enjoy the moment you’re in, but you’re feeling self-conscious. It seems everyone around you has a beautiful smile and you hold back, so no one notices yours. Everything would be great if you could get your teeth a few shades whiter. You’ve tried a few times with over-the-counter products but didn’t get the results you wanted, and you gave up.
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.