Dental Issues for Older Adults

The time of life before the senior years and after young adulthood present some unique oral health issues. At around age 50, many people begin to notice some dental problems previously never experienced. It is important to be vigilant and alert so these can be dealt with soon after onset. Among the most common conditions at this age include gum disease, missing teeth and a dry mouth. The first stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. Because this is the only stage of the disease th...
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Good Oral Hygiene Between Dental Visits is Vital

The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy between checkups is with diligent oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing every day. Also make sure to limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks, consume alcohol only in moderation and refrain from using all types of tobacco products. Using a toothpaste containing fluoride helps protect your teeth from decay. If you are at a higher risk for tooth decay due to a medical condition s...
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Tips to Help Avoid Gingivitis

Taking care of our teeth is important. Many of us brush and floss regularly to keep our smile looking its very best. However, many people unfortunately do not consider the health of their gums. To keep your oral health in good shape, the condition of your gums must be considered. If the gums are neglected, this could lead to a disease called gingivitis. Usually the symptoms of gingivitis begin with mild inflammation of the gum tissue. Many patients do not realize they have gingivitis, due t...
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How is an Endodontist Different from a Dentist?

When individuals think of oral health, the first professionals that come to mind are usually dentists. Many other people are also familiar with orthodontists or oral surgeons; but what about an endodontist? What exactly are their credentials and what services do they provide? An endodontist is a highly educated individual who specializes in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatment. All endodontists are dentists but less than three percent of dentists are endodon...
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Having Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

For many individuals, flashing a bright and dazzling smile is of extreme importance. Not only is a great set of pearly whites healthy and attractive but can also be a huge asset in social or professional settings. For example, a salesperson or someone who works directly with the public would give a positive impression with a bright smile. Other occupations, of course, such as modeling or acting, almost require a nice set of teeth. This is one reason a great number of people have their teeth cle...
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Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Your Needs

The varieties of toothpastes continue to grow at a more than rapid pace. Visit any convenience store or drugstore and you may be amazed at the huge number of options available. Whether you want paste or gel, to help with cavity-prevention, gum health, or bad breath, you will be able to find something. Toothpastes are no longer targeted at one set of consumers, so what should you look for in a toothpaste? When you’re shopping for toothpaste, you’ll find manufacturers will make various cl...
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Dr. Scott Malik is Your Top Choice for Pediatric Dentistry

Taking good care of your teeth should begin very early in life. In fact, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a dentist as soon as their first birthday. Being vigilant about oral care early on in life has many advantages. For example, dental problems can be detected or prevented earlier, before becoming larger issues. You can also establish good dental habits and build a solid foundation of trust with your child’s dentist. Baby teeth generally start coming in ...
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Gum Disease and Periodontal Therapy

Just because we are getting older does not mean we will eventually lose our teeth. With regular professional cleanings and oral exams, there is a very good possibility a person may be able to retain their natural teeth for life. This means not just taking care of the actual teeth, but also the gums and tooth-supporting bone. Gum disease is a bacterial infection. This type of bacteria may cause the bone to become diseased. This is why dentists and their staffs are very diligent to spot early...
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Take Good Care of Yourself Following a Dental Procedure

After undergoing any type of dental procedure it is very important to follow instructions from your dentist. As a patient, your goal is to ensure proper healing and avoid complications. Whether you just had a root canal, a crown or bridge inserted or an extraction, you need to be extra vigilant regarding your health.  Following your procedure your dental team should give you complete instructions to speed your recovery. Following a root canal, you will be sore for a couple of days. Do no...
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A Healthy Mouth is Important for Overall Good Health

Good oral health habits not only promote a winning smile, but also may help contribute to a person’s overall health. Proper hygiene leads to many positive results, including  the prevention of  bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth for many years. Research has also found a relationship between a healthy mouth a decreased risk of certain medical disorders. On the other hand, an unhealthy mouth, with problems like gum disease, may increase your risk of...
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