Posts Tagged ‘ cavities ’

Tooth Loss Still Fairly Common

Surprisingly, even among people with good dental health, tooth loss happens.Almost 3/4 of adults over age 35 have lost at least one tooth. By the age of 74 about 25% of us have lost ALL of their teeth.  Reasons for the loss vary – tooth decay, accidents, gum disease, excessive wear (bruxism or tooth grinding), … Read More »

Kim Kardashian Hates Dentists

Like a lot of celebrities Kim Kardashian loves Twitter but I guess she hates dentists. She tweeted yesterday that she is afraid of going to the dentist and had to spend the entire day in the dental chair having fillings. Actually she complimented her dentist but complained about fillings. Lots of people share her fear… Read More »

Fluoride Natural But Bacteria Learn To Fight Back

Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance that has been used for many years to fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Researchers now say the bacteria have learned how to fight back. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria and used to be epidemic in this country. About 60 years ago cities began adding this mineral… Read More »

Dental X-Rays Predict Broken Bones

Swedish scientists  say that it is possible to use dental X-rays to predict which patients may be at risk of future broken bones. The research published in the journal Nature Reviews Endocinology showed that sparse bone structure in the lower jaw was an indicator that the patient was at greater risk for bone fractures in… Read More »

Tooth Tips for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is a time for fun, family, football and lots of food. The problem is that most of the food is full of sugars and carbohydrates which can cause problems for your healthy smile. Don’t despair, while there isn’t much you can do to save your weight loss plan on Thanksgiving Day you can make… Read More »

Candy and Cavities

Your little Trick or Treaters brought home a pile of candy which has been dutifully  sorted and checked for safety (and taste) by Mom and Dad. The question now is –  What is the best way to allow your children to enjoy their booty and avoid new cavities? Cavity formation depends upon the pH balance… Read More »

Toothache Treatment

While the top reasons for toothache are cavities or gum disease there are other causes for oral pain. A dentist has to act like a dental detective to discover the reason for the pain and which treatment would be appropriate. This detective work begins with a thorough examination, including x-rays. Most of the time our… Read More »

Sugary Drinks Over Used by Teens, Younger Men

Sugar sweetened beverages have transformed from being an occasional treat to constant companion for some people. Researchers from the Centers for Disease control say that young people, especially teens and men aged 20-39 consume the most calories each day from sweetened beverages. This report was not just talking about soda consumption. The sweetened drinks were… Read More »

The Anatomy of a Tooth

Unless you are a dentist you probably don’t think too much about all the parts of a tooth. I thought I would give a little lesson on the anatomy of a tooth and avoiding cavities. The part of the tooth that we see is called the crown, the part we don’t see which anchors the… Read More »

Pregnancy Changes Oral Health

Hormonal changes during a woman’s reproductive years cause many changes in oral health.  Gums can become tender and inflamed in sync with fluctuating hormone levels. The most dramatic changes occur occur during pregnancy but even then symptoms can vary drastically from woman to woman. Some pregnant patients complain of experiencing dry mouth, others have excessive… Read More »