In dentistry, “gum disease” or “periodontal disease” are general terms used to describe when gum, or gingiva tissue is in an unhealthy state. There are two main categories that gum disease can be broken into:
Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease. At this stage, there is little or no discomfort. However, [...]
The normal adult mouth boasts 32 permanent teeth. In most cases, all except the wisdom teeth have erupted by age thirteen. The third set of molars, or “wisdom teeth,” usually come in during a person’s late teen or early twenty years.
The purpose of the molars in general is to grind up food. [...]
You probably already know that smoking is bad for your health, but, did you realize that smoking can have significant negative effects on your oral health as well? Some of the dental problems that smoking contributes to include:
Increased risk for oral cancer: Approximately 37,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in [...]
The best way to avoid painful and expensive dental issues is to prevent them. While there is no magic product or routine that can guarantee perfect oral health, there are certainly several tried and true measures you can apply to fend off tooth decay. Here are 8 steps our dentists recommend to prevent [...]
Enamel is the thin, protective layer that covers the crown, or exposed portion of your tooth. At its deepest points, enamel is only about 2.5 millimeters thick. Though this might seem pretty thin, enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and is critical to the health of your teeth. It serves [...]
There are many reasons why you might have a gap in your pearly whites. Having missing teeth is not just a cosmetic issue. The consequences of an absent tooth could include: decreased chewing ability, nutrition implications, difficulty speaking, diminished self-esteem, and additional dental problems.
Here are some of the most common reasons for [...]
You constantly hear the good habits that protect your teeth and make for a healthy smile. Your mother, your dentist, the occasional toothpaste commercial, and even this blog deliver reminders for us to brush twice a day, floss daily, and see our dentist regularly. But, what about those bad habits that could be [...]
I’m sure we’ve all experienced tooth sensitivity at some point. It can be a sudden, sharp pain that shoots down through the nerve endings of a tooth or a dull, sore ache of the teeth and jaw. This discomfort is triggered by hot, cold, acidic, sour or sweet foods or drinks, brushing, chewing or [...]
When we think dentist, we think “teeth,” right? Keeping your pearly whites strong and sparkling is obviously an important element of your oral health. However, there is more to the mouth and to having a healthy smile than just maintaining your teeth. This week, Brighter has put [...]
The causes of halitosis, or bad breath, can range from a great spicy lunch to real dental issues. So, how do you know if your unpleasant breath is being caused by the onions on your sandwich or if it warrants a trip to your dentist? And, what are some tips to deal with [...]